Minsk: Two Belsat TV contributors fined, jailed for 12 days

Ales Lyubyanchuk.

On Friday, Belsat journalists Ales Lyubyanchuk and Dzyanis Hancharenka have got a 12-day prison term and fine of Br 810 each for working without accreditation (Art. 22.9 of the Belarusian Code of Administrative Offences).

The trial was held in Maskouski district court of Minsk. They were also charged with disobedience to police.

On September 24, Lyubyanchuk and Hancharenka were grabbed by the police when they were waiting for the release of photojournalists Alyaksandr Vasyukovich and Uladz Hrydzin at the notorious detention centre on Akrestsin Street. Two protocols were drawn upon the Belsat contributors.

Uladz Hrydzin (L) and Alyaksandr Vasyukovich (R) after serving 11-day term in Akrestsin detention centre

At the moment, four media workers who cooperate with our TV channel are behind bars: Ales Lyubyanchuk, Dzyanis Hancharenka, Pavel Patapau and Yauhen Merkis.

Cameraman Pavel Patapau was also framed on Thursday, there has been no trial yet. In mid September, Homiel-based journalist Yauhen Merkis was brutally detained and sentenced to 15 days in jail for allegedly participating in an unauthorised event. He is to be freed on September, 29.

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