Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Belarus: Journalist Khalip, Wife Of Presidential Candidate Sannikov, Sentenced

Posted by Info on 17/05/2011

Sentences to protesters against rigging the presidential election results were given on Solidarity Day.

Pavel Sevyarynets, a co-chairman of the organizing committee to create the Belarusian Christian Democracy party and campaign manager for presidential candidate Vital Rymasheuski, is sentenced to 3 years of restriction of freedom in an open type correctional facility.

Syarhei Martseleu, a campaign manager for presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich, was given 2 years of probation.

Journalist Iryna Khalip, the wife of presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov, got two years’ sentence with two years of suspension.

Iryna Khalip’s husband, presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov, was sentenced to 5 years in a medium security penal colony on May 14.

Iryna Khalip, Pavel Sevyarynets, and Syarhei Martseleu were arrested on December 19, 2010, and thrown in the KGB jail. The journalist was placed under house arrest on January 21, 2011. Sevyarynets and Martseleu remained in custody.

Lawyers say the accusation was “legally ignorant”. Even state prosecutors fail to say what their guilt was. They only guilt they have is that they were in a column of demonstrators at a protest action against falsification of the presidential elections.

One Response to “Belarus: Journalist Khalip, Wife Of Presidential Candidate Sannikov, Sentenced”

  1. […] additional sanctions against Belarus regarding the country’s human rights record, after a Belarusian court sentenced last week former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov to five years in prison for organizing riots following the elections in Minsk last December. […]

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