RFE/RL Belarus reports that Ihar Losik, convicted in December 2021 to 15 years of imprisonment, received official permission to correspond with his wife Daria Losik, who is also in custody since 18 October 2022. Before the sentence was passed on to Daria, they were not allowed to exchange letters.
BYSOL Fund that is created to support the people persecuted by the Belarusian regime will hold a charity raffle dedicated to the 45th birthday of Andrei Aliaksandrau, a convicted journalist. Participants will compete for a t-shirt from the Liverpool football club, of which the political prisoner has been a big fan.
In his letters, Siarhei Satsuk, editor of the Ezhednevnik newspaper, complains that the administration of the remand prison in Mahiliou, where he stays awaiting the consideration of his appeal, refuses to give him the necessary heart medication. As a result, his heart “is out of whack”.
Some details became known to BAJ regarding the detention of cameraman Pavel Padabed who “disappeared” under mysterious circumstances on 20 January.
MINSK -- A court in the western Belarusian city of Brest has sentenced Darya Losik, the wife of jailed RFE/RL journalist Ihar Losik, to two years in prison on a charge of facilitating extremist activity.
Having considered the case of “Black Book of Belarus” in separate proceedings, Minsk City Court passed a sentence on the defendants. Among those tried in absentia was Dzmitry Navosha, a former correspondent of the Pressball newspaper and co-founder of Tribuna.com and Sports.ru portals. He and four other defendants were sentenced to 12 years in prison and a fine of $7,300.
On 16 January, the Navabelitski District Court of Homel considered the complaint of the former journalist Larysa Shchyrakova against her detention on remand. Judge Aliaksandr Zinchuk dismissed the case: Shchyrakova shall remain in a pre-trial detention center. The details of the session are unknown, as it was held behind closed doors.
Today, January 16, Hrodna Regional Court will start considering the case of Andrzej Poczobut, a prominent journalist and activist of the Polish minority in Belarus. The journalist has been in custody for 664 days. According to the indictment, he faces 12 years in jail. Judge Dzmitry Bubenchyk, known for convicting other politicals, will hear the case.
On 13 January, the Pershamaiski District Court of Minsk pronounced the final verdict on journalists Sniazhana Inanets and Aliaksandr Lychauka. Both were sentenced to freedom restriction for participation in unsanctioned mass events. They had spent over three months in custody.
On 11 January, Barys Zvozskau Belarusian Human Rights House hosted an awarding ceremony in Vilnius. The event was supposed to happen on December 10, International Human Rights Day, but was postponed due to the death of Belarusian Helsinki Committee chair Aleh Hulak.
On 9 January, the TUT.BY case will be heard in the Minsk City Court. Ludmila Chekina, TUT.BY Media CEO, and Maryna Zolatava, TUT.BY editor-in-chief, are in the dock. The trial will be held in camera and considered by Judge Valiantsina Ziankevich.