Dmitryi Sonchyk

photographer, sentenced to 3 years in prison

Date of birth: 26 October 1975

Date of detention: 28 June 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

Sentence: 3 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Dzmitryi Karsiuk

Prosecutor: Artsiom Tsviatkou

Dzmitry Sonchyk was sentenced under Art. 364 and Art. 369 of the Criminal Code to 5 years of imprisonment in a penal colony for insults and threats to four police officers in comments in a Telegram channel in 2020 and 2021. The comments were written under the influence of emotions after watching videos of beatings and detentions, and were thus triggered by the illegal actions of police officers. In court, Sonchyk stressed that he was not going to implement his threats. The content of the comments is unknown, as they were examined by the court in a closed session.

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