An opposition leader and several activists in Belarus were sentenced to four to seven years in prison

The Belarusian opposition leader Pavel Severinets was sentenced to four to seven years in prison along with six other activists on Tuesday, according to the radio station Svaboda.

The seven were sentenced in a trial that began in the eastern city of Mogilev in mid-May. The Belarusian judiciary has found everyone guilty of participating in “massive unrest” during the post-election protests in August 2020.

A court sentenced Severinet to seven years of “strict regime” for allegedly organizing protests against President Alexander Lukashenko. Upon arriving at the court, where the trial was held in camera, the opposition leader sang “the believers, the best”.

An opposition leader and several activists in Belarus were sentenced to four to seven years in prison
An opposition leader and several activists in Belarus were sentenced to four to seven years in prison

Together with him, Maksim Viniarski, Dzmitri Kazlou, Andrei Voinich, Pavel Yujnevich, Yauhen Afnahel and Irina Shchasnaya were convicted. In the event that the convicted do not appeal, the judgment will take effect within ten days.

The trial has been embroiled in a number of controversies since it began on May 12 when two journalists were arrested for gathering information about the case. Both were sentenced to 20 days’ administrative arrest.

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