The Vitebsk District Court sentenced 68-year-old Alexander Patapao to two years in a penal colony. The man was accused of insulting Alexander Lukashenko. The reason was a Belarusian’s opinion about the bombing of Ukraine. Independent Belarusian media reported that his daughter was killed in a Russian missile attack on Kyiv.
Commenting on the popular Russian-language website Odnoklassniki, 68-year-old Alexander Patapau wrote about the launch of anti-aircraft missiles. Ukraine from the territory Belarus This was stated by Lukashenko – reports “NASA NEWA”. The newspaper does not quote the content of the comment. He explains that the man posted an entry after one of the bombings of Kyiv. Due to attacks by Russian forces in the Ukrainian capital, his daughter was killed.
The Belarusian section of Radio Svoboda reported that the man’s entries about the bombing of Ukraine appeared on July 8 and 16. Patapao was arrested in late August on charges of insulting Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and placed under arrest.
The Defenders human rights During the trial she stated that “the man’s mental condition is bad, he is deeply affected by the tragedy and weeps a lot.”
At the trial, Patapao said he was unwell and was afraid he was going to die. He was held in harsh conditions in a detention center for 94 days. A prison doctor summoned by the court stated that Patapao was receiving the medical care he was entitled to and did not need a referral to hospital. The court sentenced him to two years in a maximum security penal colony.
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