Dzmitryi Lazar

sentenced to 2 1/2 years of imprisonment

Date of birth: 7 May 1980

Date of detention: 11 November 2022

Charges indicted:

Art. 369 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a government official
Art. 368 of the Criminal Code — Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus
Art. 391 of the Criminal Code — Insulting a judge

Sentence: 2 1/2 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Dzianis Bareika, Mikalai Talashka

Prosecutor: Yuliya Zhuk

Prison: Penal colony No. 15

Dzmitryi Lazar  is 38 years old. He has a higher education and works as a driver in a private company. He has six children, three of whom are minors. One of his children is two years old.

Lazar was detained on November 11, 2022 and placed in custody for posting offensive comments against several public officials in a Telegram chat room.

Prosecutor Zhana Baranava asked the court to recover 2,000 Belarusian rubles (approx. $ 700) from Lazar as material compensation for non-pecuniary damage, which she intended to transfer to an orphanage. Police major Martsul asked for 1,500 Belarusian rubles (approx. $ 525). Dzmitryi Lazar paid off the claimed amounts immediately after they were announced.

After the compensation for non-pecuniary damage was paid to them, Baranava and Martsul withdrew their claims against Lazar.

On March 2, 2023, the Maladziečna District Court convicted Dzmitryi Lazar under Art. 391 ('Contempt of a judge or a people's assessor'), Art. 369 ('Contempt of a governmemt official'), and Part 1 of Art. 368 ('Contempt of the president of Belarus') of the Criminal Code. Judge Dzianis Bareika sentenced him to two years and six months of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony and a fine of 3,700 Belarusian rubles (approx. $ 1295). Prosecutor assistant Yuliya Zhuk supported the state prosecution.

The present location of Dzmitryi Lazar is to be specified.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 15. 213105, Mahilioŭ, Viejna, Slaŭharadskaja šaša 183

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