Belarus’ Prosecutor General seeks to upgrade punishment on jailed journo Katsyaryna Barysevich

The Prosecutor General’s Office has filed an appeal to Minsk City Court against a lower court’s ruling in the case of journalist Katsyaryna Barysevich and doctor Artsyom Sarokin, reports.

The prosecution side believes that the penalty imposed on Barysevich ‘does not correspond to the severity of the crime in view of its leniency’.

On March 2, Maskouski district court of Minsk passed a guilty verdict in the above mentioned case. Judge Svyatlana Bandarenka sentenced Katsyaryna Barysevich to six months of imprisonment in a penal colony and a fine of 2,900 rubles; Artsyom Sarokin got a two-year jail term with a one-year reprieve and a fine of 1,450 rubles. He was released in the courtroom.

‘Guilty’: Doctor, journo who gave info about protester Bandarenka’s death sentenced in Minsk

Katsyaryna Barysevich and Artsyom Sarokin were arrested on November, 19 when the Prosecutor General’s Office opened a criminal case over allegedly ‘violating medical privacy which entailed grave consequences’ (Art. 178-3). In her article about the tragic death of protester Raman Bandarenka, Barysevich referred to Sarokin, a doctor working at Minsk emergency care hospital. He gave her medical records which showed that there had been no alcohol in the blood of the victim. The Belarusian authorities, including Alyaksandr Lukashenka, keep claiming that Bandarenka was drunk.

Notably, his mother allowed the publication of information about the death, including the data about the absence of alcohol in his blood.

Raman Bandarenka’s murderers have not been found or identified yet. His family did not have any claims against the two defendants.

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