journalist, sentenced to 2 1/2 years of imprisonment
Date of birth: 12 April 1999
Date of detention: 27 April 2022
Art. 361-4 of the Criminal Code — Promoting extremist activities
Sentence: 2 1/2 years
Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony
Judge: Mikalai Hryharovich
Prison: Penal colony No. 3
Godparent: Felix Döring, Member of the German Bundestag
On April 27, Intex-press journalist Yuryi Hantsarevich was arrested in an administrative case. On April 29, he was sentenced to 10 days of administrative imprisonment.
About a week after the journalist's detention, pro-government Telegram channels published a video fragment of his interrogation, as well as the reason for his detention: he was allegedly taking pictures of Russian military equipment and sending them to media, recognized by the Belarusian authorities as extremist.
On May 6, Hantsarevich was charged under Part 1 of Article 361-4 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (Promoting extremist activities), which provides for restriction of freedom for up to four years or imprisonment from two to six years.
After the charges were filed, Yury Hantsarevich was transferred from the temporary detention center to the pre-trial detention center No. 6 in Baranavičy.
On July 14, 2022, the Brest Regional Court found Yuryi Hantsarevich guilty of committing a crime under Part 1 of Article 361-4 (promotion of extremist activity) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus and sentenced him to 2 years and 6 months of imprisonment in a general-security penal colony.
On July 14, 2022, the Brest Regional Court passed a verdict in the criminal case of political prisoner journalist Yuryi Hantsarevich. He was accused of promoting extremist activity (Part 1 of Article 361-4 of the Criminal Code).