Authorities launch one more criminal case against political prisoner sentenced to 7 years in jail

Another criminal case has been initiated against 25-year-old Minsk designer Dzmitry Kubarau who was arrested on August 11, human rights centre Viasna reports.

In late March, Frunzenski district court ended the hearing of his case. Judge Dzmitry Lukashevich found the defendant guilty under Article 293-1 of the Criminal Code (‘organisation of mass riots) and sentenced him to seven years of imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony. The public prosecution was represented by prosecutor assistant Alina Kasyanchyk who gained notoriety in the course of the trial of Belsat TV journalists Katsyaryna Andreeva and Darya Chultsova.

Dzmitry Kubarau pleaded not guilty in court; he says security officers tortured him after the detention. The Belarusian human rights recognised him as a political prisoner.

Considering Kubarau’s appeal against the verdict was scheduled for June, 18. However, the investigator said that another criminal case was opened against the convict under Part 2 of Art. 295-3 of the Criminal Code (‘dealing with things, the functioning of which is based on the use of combustible substances”). Dzmitry is expected to be transferred from Zhodzina remand prison to the detention centre Nr 1 in Minsk next week.

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