A Belarusian court has sentenced four opponents of the Belarusian regime to severe prison terms on suspicion of terrorism and arms smuggling. This was reported by the Belarusian NGO Viasna. The trial took place behind closed doors.
According to the Belarusian human rights organization Viasna, Sergio Romanov and Igor Olenevich were sentenced to 20 years in prison. Dmitriy Ryzanovich and Dmitriy Dubovsky were given nineteen and eighteen years, respectively. The four were arrested near the Belarus-Ukraine border in October 2020, and are now on trial on charges of terrorism and arms smuggling.
In addition, the prosecutor accused them of setting fire to police vehicles and buildings. They also allegedly set fire to the center of legal expertise in the city of Gomel, near the border with Ukraine.
Olinevich was sentenced to eight years in prison in 2011 for bombing government buildings in Belarus and the Russian embassy in Minsk with Molotov cocktails. He was released in early 2015 due to the waiver of his sentence.
Since the demonstrations against the controversial re-election of President Alexander Lukashenko in August last year, Belarus has launched a crackdown on any form of protest. Hundreds of regime opponents were imprisoned and thousands more forced into exile.
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