Belarusian court sentences prominent Polish journalist to 8 years in prison for 'inciting discord'

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A Belarusian court connected Wednesday sentenced a writer and salient subordinate of the country’s sizable Polish number to 8 years successful prison, amid an ongoing crackdown connected critics of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko's regime.

Andrzej Poczobut, 49, was recovered blameworthy of harming Belarus’ nationalist information and "inciting discord" successful a closed proceedings held successful the occidental metropolis of Grodno. Poczobut, a writer for the influential Polish paper Gazeta Wyborcza and a apical fig successful the Union of Poles successful Belarus, has been down bars since his detention successful March 2021.

He reported extensively connected the wide protests that gripped Belarus for weeks successful 2020 pursuing a statesmanlike predetermination that gave Lukashenko, successful powerfulness since 1994, a caller word successful office, but that was wide regarded by the absorption and Western countries arsenic fraudulent.

The indictment against Poczobut referenced his sum of the protests, on with his statements successful defence of taste Poles successful Belarus and notation to the 1939 Soviet penetration of Poland arsenic an enactment of "aggression," arsenic grounds that helium was blameworthy of the charges.

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki successful a Tweet Wednesday condemned the "inhumane determination by the Belarusian regime" and vowed to "do everything to assistance the Polish writer bravely warring for the truth."

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A spokesperson for Poland’s overseas ministry tweeted that Poczobut is "a Polish and Belarusian patriot."

While nary autarkic journalists oregon Western diplomats were allowed successful the courtroom Wednesday, authoritative tribunal photos showed Poczobut with acheronian circles nether his eyes, and suggested that helium has mislaid important value portion successful custody.

The writer stayed successful Belarus done the monolithic crackdown the authorities launched successful effect to the protests, which saw implicit 35,000 radical arrested, thousands beaten by police, and tens of thousands much fleeing abroad.

According to salient Belarusian rights radical Viasna, Poczobut refused to motion a petition to beryllium pardoned by Lukashenko pursuing his arrest. Poczobut's relatives said helium was forbidden household visits passim his detention, and has been incapable to person letters from his 12-year-old son.

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Belarusian absorption person Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in a Twitter post Wednesday described the verdict against Poczobut arsenic Lukashenko's "personal revenge."

"Andrzej refused immoderate deals with the unlawful regime. Now we indispensable bash everything imaginable to escaped him on with each different governmental hostages," she wrote.

Viasna, the rights group, has included Poczobut successful its database of 1,449 governmental prisoners held by Minsk.

The Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) issued a connection Wednesday demanding Poczobut’s contiguous release.

"There is simply a crackdown connected immoderate dissent successful Belarus, and the verdict against Poczobut confirms that the authorities bash not mean to halt the (cycle) of repression," BAJ person Andrei Bastunets was cited arsenic saying.

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