Mikalai Vitsikau

retired village deputy, sentenced to 8 months of imprisonment

Date of birth: 24 August 1954

Date of detention: 14 January 2022

Charges indicted:

Art. 369-1 of the Criminal Code — Discrediting Belarus

Sentence: 8 months

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Aliaksandr Zinchuk

Prosecutor: Kiryl Kadouba

Prison: Pre-trial detention center No. 3

Mikalai Vitsikau

Mikalai Vitsikau is a retired village deputy. He was arrested on January 14, 2022.

The reason for his detention was his letter to the district newspaper Mayak to discuss amendments to the Constitution. The investigators qualified the letter under Part 1 of Article 130 of the Criminal Code (incitement of hatred), while the district newspaper reacted with an insulting article. Later the charges were changed to another one: under Article 369-1 of the Criminal Code (discrediting the Republic of Belarus).

On June 7, 2022, the Navabielica District of Homieĺ passed a verdict in Mikalai Vitsikau's case. Judge Aliaksandr Zinchuk found him guilty and sentenced him to eight months of imprisonment in a general-security colony.

Mail address: Pre-trial detention center No. 3. 246003, Homieĺ, vulica Knižnaja 1A

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