Yauhen Hovar

BMZ employee, sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, sentence commuted to "khimiya"

Date of birth: 27 August 1978

Date of detention: 1 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

Sentence: 2 1/2 years

Penalty: restricted freedom in an open penal facility ("khimiya")

Judge: Yauhen Yerafeyeu

Prosecutor: Andrei Anoshka

Prison: Open correctional facility No. 3

Godparent: Gabi Weber, member of the German Bundestag

Yauhen Hovar is an employee of the BMZ steel works in Žlobin.

On August 17, 2020, in protest against election fraud and violent crackdown on peaceful protesters, Yauhen Hovar and other BMZ employees blocked the road for the factory's support vehicles.

Hovar refused to testify, but pleaded guilty.

In his last words, Hovar said: “I fully admit my guilt and sincerely repent. I do. Please do not punish me severely."

On February 1, 2021, he was found guilty of “breaching public order” (Part 1 of Art. 342 of the Criminal Code) by the Žlobin District Court and sentenced to two and half years in prison.

On September 16, 2021, he was pardoned and his sentence was commuted to restricted freedom ("khimiya").

Mail address: Open correctional facility No. 3. 225209, Beroza, Krasnoarmeyskaya str., 99

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