The young law student was convicted of inciting social hatred.
Sophia Szapega, a Russian law student who was arrested along with her friend Raman Pratasevich, a government journalist, was sentenced to six years in prison for inciting social hatred last year after she was forced to land a plane from a Belarusian fighter jet. reported about it CNN in the wake of the Russian state news agency HCLU.
The competent Belarusian court also found the young law student guilty of illegally collecting and disseminating personal data, for which he was sentenced to an additional one month’s imprisonment and fined 167,500 Belarusian rubles (more than 18 million forints). The verdict can be appealed within ten days.
As Sophia Sapega is a Russian citizen, Kremlin spokeswoman Dmitry Peskov has also been questioned about the verdict. He said that as a Russian citizen, Moscow would “continue to defend its legitimate interests,” however, since Moscow “really dislikes” others to comment on the decision of Russian courts, so they will not comment on the ruling of the “friendly Belarusian court” either.
Raman Pratasevich is the founding editor-in-chief of the Belarusian Telegram channel Nexta, which has also helped mobilize protests against President Alexander Lukashenko after the 2020 presidential election, which was highly missed. However, since the arrest of the government-critical journalist and his girlfriend in May 2021, Pratasevich has appeared several times in the pro-government and state media in Belarus, where, according to his family and supporters, he confessed to “organizing mass riots”.
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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