Dzianis Urad

Captain of the Armed Forces’ General Staff, sentenced to 18 years in prison

Date of birth: 23 June 1991

Date of detention: 15 March 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 356 of the Criminal Code - High treason

Sentence: 18 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony

Prison: Penal colony No. 1

Dzianis Urad is a former special liaison officer of the Armed Forces’ General Staff.

According to state-owned media, on March 14, Urad photographed a secret letter from the Minister of Internal Affairs to the Minister of Defense, while on duty as a special liaison officer of the Armed Forces’ General Staff. Urad sent a copy of the letter, which authorized the involvement of the Armed Forces in law enforcement activities, to a "Polish Telegram channel".

On May 14, the Supreme Court sentenced Dzianis Urad to 18 years in a medium-security penal colony, finding him guilty of high treason (Part 2 of Article 356 of the Criminal Code). Urad was also deprived of his military rank. The trial was held behind closed doors.

The verdict is final and not subject to appeal.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 1. 211440, Navapolack, vulica Techničnaya 8

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