Aliaksandr Tsialeha

medical doctor sentenced to 4 years of prison

Prisoner

Date of birth: 15 January 1980

Date of detention: 3 May 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 364 of the Criminal Code — Violence or threat of violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies
Art. 369 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a government official
Art. 366 of the Criminal Code — Violence or threat against an official performing official duties or another person performing a public duty
Art. 391 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a judge

Sentence: 4 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Hanna Liavusik, Volha Babuk

Prosecutor: Kiryl Yefimovich, Nadzeya Katsiak

Prison: Penal colony No. 22

Aliaksandr Tsialeha is a neurologist from Barysaŭ. The doctor works in Norilsk, Russia, and came home in April on vacation.

He was detained on May 3, 2021, for insulting law enforcement officials. Tsialeha faced criminal charges under Article 369 of the Criminal Code (Insulting a government official). The detainee was remanded in pre-trial detention center of Hrodna prison No. 1.

Finally, Aliaksandr's actions were qualified under three articles of the Criminal Code: article 364 (Violence or threat of violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies), article 369 (Insulting a government official), article 391 (Insulting a judge). During the trial, it became known that Aliaksandr left 32 comments on the officials, including the commanding officer of OMON Dzmitryi Balaba, assistant prosecutor of Frunzienski district of Minsk Alina Kasyanchyk, judge of the Frunzienski district court of Minsk Maryia Yarokhina, deputy prosecutor general Aliaksei Stuk. Aliaksandr explained at the trial that he volunteered at Akrescina temporary detention center in Minsk during the August protests, so he was overwhelmed with emotions and commented so much. At the trial, it became known that one of the victims in the case had beaten Telega during his detention.

On January 21, 2022, judge Hanna Leusik found Tsialeha guilty and sentenced him to four years in a general-security penal colony.

On April 3, 2024. a trial was held in Ivacevičy to replace Aliaksandr's security level, following which the political prisoner may be transferred to prison. The trial was presided over by judge Siarhei Kukhatskavalets, but its result is still unknown.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 22. 225295, Brest region, Ivacevičy, station Damanava, PO Box 20

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