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Court in Minsk rejected complaint against detention of Sapega

31.05.2021, 12:44
Photo credit: Novaya Gazeta
Photo credit: Novaya Gazeta

On May 28, the Partyzanski District Court in Minsk, Belarus, rejected a complaint by Sofia Sapega's defense against her detention. Her lawyer Oleksandr Filanovych said it, commenting it on to BBC.

The sitting was held behind closed doors. Sapega herself was not brought to court.

According to Filanovych, the legal basis for the complaint against Sapega's detention was that the lawyer was not acquainted with the documents.

According to the Belarusian Criminal Procedure Code, such complaints are considered by the court with the participation of the parties in a closed session. In the complaint, the lawyer insisted on Sofia's mandatory appearance in court to explain the reasons and circumstances of her detention. The lawyer handed over a copy of the complaint to the KGB pre-trial detention center for delivery to Sofia, but she was never brought to court. According to the Criminal Procedure Code of Belarus, the personal appearance of the defendant at such hearings is at the discretion of the court.

Also the lawyer Alexander Filanovich reported that in court there were no documents concerning her detention. The defense has not yet been acquainted with them. 

As IMI reported, Roman Protasevych was detained on May 23. He was a passenger on the Athens-Vilnius flight, which made a forced land in Minsk due to a report of a bomb threat on board. After the inspection, Belarusian police arrested him. Ryanair has received instructions from Belarusian air traffic controllers to land the plane in Minsk. By order of the president Lukashenko, a MiG-29 military fighter was lifted into the sky to escort the plane.

Together with Protasevich, security forces detained his girlfriend Sofia Sapega.

As IMI reported, the State Security Committee of Belarus entered the founders of the NEXTA Telegram Channel to the list of persons involved in terrorist activities, along with Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s leaders and other international terrorists.

An updated version of the List of organizations and individuals involved in terrorist activities has been published on the website of the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus

As IMI reported, on November 16, Belarus sent a note to the Polish side demanding immediate extradition of Stepan Putyl and Roman Protasevich. 

On November 5, the Investigative Committee of Belarus accused Stepan Putylo and Roman Protasevich of organizing mass riots in Belarus. 

On October 20, the Tsentralny District Court of Minsk found the Nexta Live telegram channel and the Nexta logo to be extremist. 

The telegram channel Nexta Live, which covers the protests in Belarus  has been renamed as "HEXTA-Live", after a Minsk court recognized his logo as "extremist stuff."

On August 14, it became known that the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus had opened proceedings against the founder of the opposition telegram channels Nekhta and Nekhta Live, Stepan Putylo and declared him wanted. He faces up to 15 years in prison. Putyla is accused of organizing mass riots.

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