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Leader of Belarusian opposition sentenced to 15 years in prison

Monday, 6 March 2023, 13:31
Leader of Belarusian opposition sentenced to 15 years in prison

A Belarusian "court" has sentenced opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya to 15 years in prison in the case of the Coordination Council of Belarus [non-governmental body created by Tsikhanouskaya to facilitate a democratic transfer of power in Belarus – ed.].

Source: Belarus-aligned news outlet BelTa

Details: BelTa noted that all the defendants were found guilty of "conspiracy to seize state power by unconstitutional means; creation of an extremist formation and leadership of such a formation; public calls for the seizure of state power and other actions aimed at harming the national security of Belarus, in particular, the application of restrictive measures against Belarus".

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They were also found guilty of intentional actions aimed at inciting alleged "social hatred".

Another member of the coordinating council was sentenced to 18 years.

Background: During the 2020 protests in Belarus, the opposition formed a coordination council and demanded re-elections.

Lukashenko then declared that he would not give up power because "that is not the thing the people elected him for" and held a secret inauguration.

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