| 28 March 2023, Tuesday |

Belarus court sentences Nobel Peace Prize laureate to 10 years in prison

Nobel Peace Prize winner Aleks Byalyatsky was sentenced on Friday to 10 years in prison, by a Belarusian court.

A district court in the capital Minsk convicted Byalyatsky and several others of smuggling money into the country.

Byalyatsky is to serve his sentence a penal colony.

Besides Byalyatsky, co-defendants Valentin Stefanovich, Vladimir Labkovish, and Dmitry Solovyov were each sentenced to 9 years, 7 years, and 8 years, respectively.

All three, who are members of Viasna, a human rights center that the Belarussian government does not recognize, plan to appeal the sentence.

  • Anadolu Agency