BMZ employee, sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison
Date of birth: 27 August 1978
Date of detention: 1 February 2021
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: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Yauhen Yerafeyeu
Prosecutor: Andrei Anoshka
Prison: Penal colony No. 22
Yauhen Hovar is an employee of the BMZ steel works in Žlobin.
On August 17, 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, 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.