sentenced to 5 years of restricted freedom
Date of birth: 2 September 1982
Date of detention: 3 May 2021
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
Sentence: 5 years
Penalty: restricted freedom in an open penal facility ("khimiya")
Judge: Aleh Kaliada
Prison: Open correctional facility No. 24
Aliaksei Lipen was sentenced by the Zavodski District Court of Minsk under Art. 369 (insulting a representative of the authorities) and Art. 364 of the Criminal Code to five years of restricted freedom in an open institution.
According to the indictment, Aliaksei Lipen repeatedly, using various nicknames, posted insulting comments under the photos of police officers in the Telegram channel "Punishers of Belarus" in the period from October 29 to December 18, 2020. By his actions, he allegedly humiliated the honor and dignity of police officers as representatives of the authorities and as individuals, and also undermined the authority of the government.
The accused also posted comments allegedly threatening six police officers, who were called victims in the case.
Lipen said that he posted the comments after the death of Raman Bandarenka. He apologized to the victims.