Belarus’ Supreme Court loyal to the Alyaksandr Lukashenka regime has upheld an 8-year sentence that had been handed down earlier to journalist, pro-democracy and Polish minority activist Andrey Poczobut, the Polish Press Agency (PAP) reported on Friday.
The Polish Foreign Ministry has appealed to Minsk to free all political prisoners, including a Polish minority activist.see more
Poczobut himself, according to the PAP, was not brought to the Supreme Court for the appeal hearing, which is a common practice in Belarus and also allowed by Belarusian law. The hearing was held behind closed doors and only the direct participants in the trial, i.e. the lawyer and the prosecutor, among others, could enter the courtroom.
"Maintaining the 8-year prison sentence for Andrzej Poczobut clearly shows the ill will of the authorities in Minsk towards the representatives of the Polish national minority in Belarus. We constantly call for the release of all political prisoners and the end of repression," Poland's MFA tweeted on Friday.