sentenced to 11 years of imprisonment
Date of birth: 25 February 1979
Date of detention: 2 March 2022
Art. 289 of the Criminal Code — An act of terrorism
Article 361-3 of the Criminal Code — Participation or preparing to participate in hostilities on foreign soil by a Republic of Belarus citizen
Sentence: 11 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony
Prison sentence start date: 1 February 2023
Prison: Penal colony No. 3
Statement on the status of a political prisoner
Aliaksei Shyshkavets was detained on March 2 in Asipovičy. The man, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, “joined the extremist formation BYPOL, having authorized a mobilization chat-bot to commit unlawful acts in Belarus”. On March 1, he allegedly received instructions to block the railroad tracks and to prepare and use "Molotov cocktails," while expressing "an active willingness to contribute to sabotaging near Asipovičy in order to prevent transporting military equipment.
In this connection, he was accused of participation in an extremist formation with the purpose of committing extremist crimes (Article 361-1 of the Criminal Code).
In September 2022, the KGB put Shyshkavets on the list of persons involved in terrorist activities.
On October 12, 2022, the Mahilioŭ Regional Court passed a verdict in the criminal case of the political prisoner. Aliaksei Shyshkavets was convicted of ‘terrorism’ and ‘participation in hostilities on foreign soil’ under Article 289 Part 3 of Article 361 of the Criminal Code. Judge Siarhei Mazurau sentenced the political prisoner to 11 years of imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony.
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