Dzmitry Hopta

sentenced to 2 years in prison

Date of birth: 28 October 1999

Date of detention: 5 February 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 364 of the Criminal Code — Violence or threat of violence against an employee of the internal affairs bodies

Sentence: 2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Date of release: 31 December 2022

Judge: Iryna Pradun

Prosecutor: Andrei Anoshka

Godparent: Charlie Flanagan, Irish MP

Dzmitry Hopta is a resident of Homieĺ convicted for the events of August 9 and 10 in Žlobin. Hopta suffers from a mental disorder.

Dzmitry Hopta was charged under two articles of the Criminal Code: Part 1 of Art. 342 (Organization or active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order) and Art. 364 (Violence or threat of violence against a police officer). He fully admitted his guilt (as advised by the court-appointed lawyer), saying that he threw a stone and ran away.

On February 5, 2021, the man was sentenced to 2 years in a penal colony.

On April 2, the Homieĺ Regional Court upheld the sentence.

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