Draconian sentences in “anarchists’ case”

On 22 December, activists of the Belarusian anarchist movement were sentenced to lengthy terms of imprisonment – from 18 to 20 years in a maximum security colony. According to the Viasna human rights center, Ihar Alinevich, Siarhei Ramanau, Dzmitry Dubouski and Dzmitry Rezanovich were found guilty of setting several police cars on fire, as well as a traffic police building and the office of the State Forensics Committee in the Homel region. The trial was held behind closed doors.

The human rights community recognized the defendants as political prisoners in connection with the violation of their right to a fair trial. Human rights defenders also pointed out that state propaganda imposed the idea that the activists are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt long before the end of the investigation and trial.

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