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In Belarus, father of convicted Sofia Sapega pays off her fine. She may be pardoned

26.07.2022, 13:59
Photo credit: Novaya Gazeta
Photo credit: Novaya Gazeta

The father of russian citizen Sofia Sapega, who had been convicted in Belarus, paid off the fine of 175,000 Belarusian rubles (about EUR 67,000) imposed on her by the court. This was reported by Sapega family's lawyer Anton Gashinsky, DW informs.

According to the lawyer, the payment of the fine creates a formal opportunity to pardon Sapega and hand her over to the russian federation – the repayment of the debt was the key condition for this.

As IMI reported, on May 6, 2022, a court panel of the Grodno Regional Court (Belarus) sentenced russian citizen Sophia Sapega, who was arrested last year along with Belarusian opposition blogger Raman Pratasevich after the forced landing of a Ryanair plane, to six years in a penal colony.

She was sentenced for "inciting social hatred and illegally collecting information about the private life of officials." She also had to pay 175,000 Belarusian rubles as redress for moral damage to hundreds of people who, according to the court, suffered from her work on the "Black Book of Belarus" Telegram channel.

Earlier, Gashinsky had said that for a pardon, the entire sum stated in the ruling must be paid.

In June, 2022, Sapega asked Lukashenka for pardon.

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