Siarhei Sakavets

power engineer, sentenced to 4 years in jail


Date of birth: 17 October 1992

Date of detention: 1 October 2021

Charges indicted:

Art. 342 of the Criminal Code — Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them
Art. 368 of the Criminal Code — Insulting the President of the Republic of Belarus
Art. 367 of the Criminal Code — Slander against the President of the Republic of Belarus

Sentence: 4 years

Penalty: imprisonment in a general-security penal colony

Judge: Tatsiana Pirozhnikava

Prison: Penal colony No. 15

Godparent: Ivan Štefanec, member of the European Parliament

Siarhei Sakavets was arrested on September 18, 2021. He was initially sentenced to 10 days of administrative imprisonment but was never released, facing criminal charges under Art. 342 of the Criminal Code (organization or active participation in group actions that grossly violate public order).

On May 20, 2022, the trial against Siarhei started at Maskoŭski District Court of Minsk. On May 24, 2022, JudgeTatsiana Pirozhnikava sentenced him to four years in a general-security penal colony. The political prisoner pleaded not guilty at the trial and said he had been beaten during his detention.

Mail address: Penal colony No. 15. 213105, Mahilioŭ, Viejna, Slaŭharadskaja šaša 183

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