sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison
Date of birth: 10 February 1986
Date of detention: 9 November 2021
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. 188 of the Criminal Code — Defamation
Sentence: 2 1/2 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Sviataslau Kalina, Yauhen Brehan
Prosecutor: Tatsiana Tsybulia, Stsiapan Liashok
Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 7
Dzmitry Shchurko was initially convicted of stealing a radio from a riot policeman during a protest. He was sentenced to two years of home confinement and released.
On November 9, 2021, Shchurko was re-arrested and taken into custody in SIZO No. 7 on charges of “insulting the president” under Art. 368 of the Criminal Code.
On January 13, 2022, in Maskoŭski District Court of Brest Judge Yauhen Brehan convicted Dzmitry Shchurko under three articles of the Criminal Code:
- Art. 188 (Defamation)–for publishing a video on the Youtube channel "Beresteyets2" (Берестеец2) about summonses to the Investigative Committee. In the video, Shchurko also claimed that during his first trial (for allegedly stealing a radio from a riot police officer at a protest on September 20, 2020, in Brest) senior investigator Shulkin together with the prosecutor's office had fabricated the case.
- Art. 368 (Insulting the Presiden)–for a Viber chat message about on airsoft game: “You're taking orders from a schizo.”
- Art. 369 (Insulting a government official)–for a comment in the Telegram chat “Brest 97%”under the post about police lieutenant-colonel Aliaksandr Tarasevich. The post accused the policeman of torture conditions in detention centers, as well as of dispersing the Pinsk protest in 2020.
According to the accusation, Shchurko had left an insulting comment calling the officer a “criminal.”
This time the state prosecution asked for 2.5 years in a general regime penal colony and a fine of BYN 1600 for Dzmitry Shchurko (in the first conviction he was sentenced to 2 years of home confinement ("chemistry")). Judge Brehan imposed exactly this punishment.
Dzmitry was left with two small children at home.