Mikalai Shemetau

served full term, released

Former prisoner

Date of birth: 6 June 1990

Date of detention: 21 December 2020

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 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Date of release: 29 July 2022

Judge: Dzmitryi Karsiuk

Prosecutor: Tsimafei Nichyparuk

Mikalai Shemetau was detained on December 21, 2020 outside the school where he was taking his daughter. His apartment, his car and the office where he worked were searched. A laptop, a phone and a hard drive were seized during the search. His wife, however, was not allowed to see the search warrant, the arrest warrant and other copies of the search and seizure documents.

On December 31, Shemetau was charged under Part 1 of Article 342 of the Criminal Code (active participation in group actions which gravely breach public order).

On July 16, 2021, the verdict was pronounced in the Centraĺny District Court of Minsk. Mikalai Shemetau was found guilty and sentenced to 24 months of imprisonment.

Mikalai served his sentence in full and was released on July 29, 2022.

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