ex-police officer, sentenced to 2 years of restricted freedom
Date of birth: 19 November 1983
Date of detention: 4 December 2020
Art. 369 of the Criminal Code - Insulting a government official
Sentence: 2 years
Penalty: restricted freedom in an open penal facility ("khimiya")
Judge: Tatsiana Pirozhnikava
Prison: Open correctional facility No. 7
Dzmitry Kulakouski is former head of the criminal investigation department of the Zavodski District Police Department of Minsk. He resigned after the presidential election due to his disagreement with the authorities’ violent policies. In October, he was detained by the Interior Ministry’s internal security service and spent almost a month in a pre-trial detention center on charges of allegedly disobeying an official. During his stay in the pre-trial detention center, he was repeatedly subjected to torture and ill-treatment, according to his lawyer’s repeated complaints and media reports.
On December 4, 2020, Dzmitry Kulakouski was detained while trying to leave Belarus. He was later remanded in the Žodzina pre-trial detention center as part of a criminal case under Art. 369 of the Criminal Code (insulting a government official).
On January 22, 2021, Judge Tatsiana Pirozhnikava of the Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk sentenced Dzmitry Kulakouski to two years’ imprisonment in an open-type penal facility (so-called “khimiya”). Kulakouski was released from custody immediately after the verdict was announced, remained under travel restrictions pending appeal hearings.
On May 20, the former police officer was detained in an administrative case for alleged disobedience under Art. 24.3 of the Administrative Code and impriosned for 15 days.
On the last day of the 15-day term, June 4, Dzmitry Kulakouski was transferred to serve his criminal sentence at correctional facility No. 7.