Harsh Sentences in Belarus

May 26th, 2011   Articles | Belarus

Mikola Stakevich and Dzmitry Us, both oppositional candidates in the presidential elections 2010, have been found guilty of „mass riots“ after the elections on December 19, 2010. Mikola Statkevic, leader of the Social Democratic Party, was been sentenced to six years of imprisonment in a reinforced prison. Dzmitry Us, independent oppositional candidate in the presidential elections 2010, has been sentenced to 5,5 year imprisonment. A former police officer was also sentenced to 5,5 years.

Today the City Court in Minsk found seven oppositional activists guilty of „mass riots“. Mikola Statkevic, leader of the Social Democratic Party, was been sentenced to six years of imprisonment in a reinforced prison. Dzmitry Us, independent oppositional candidate in the prsidential elections 2010, was been sentenced to 5,5 year imprisonment. Alaksandr Klaskouski, former Police officer who was arrested in the evening of December 19, after he tried to protect people from getting harshly beaten, was sentenced to five years imprisonment in a reinforced prison.

In addition, a number of democratic activists were found guilty in the criminal case of „mass riots“. Alaksandr Kvitkevich was sentenced to 3,5 years imprisonment, Dzmitry Bulanau and Artsiom Hrybkou to three years imprisonment in a reinforced prison, and Andrej Pazniaj to two years of restriction of freedom.

The state prosecutor had asked the Court to sentence the two oppositional candidates to eight and seven years imprisonment. He had asked fo Alaksandr Klaskouski to be sentenced to 8,5 year imprisonment, and that the remaining activists be sentenced to four years in prison.

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