The case was heard in the Supreme Court, the trial was held in closed court. The article under which the ex-diplomat received a prison term is not related to the protests that have been taking place in Belarus during the last year. It is known that the ex-diplomat was accused of treason.
According to acquaintances of Sokolovskiy, the case is connected with some misdemeanor he committed 10 or 20 years ago while working as a consul in Lithuania. The diplomat was detained in 2019. Since then, he has been held in the State Security Committee’s pre-trial detention center.
Sokolovskiy's former colleagues said that he held various positions at the Foreign Ministry, both abroad and in Belarus.
The day before the Investigative Committee of Belarus has opened a criminal case against Bozhena Zholud, the girlfriend of Vitaly Shishov, the head of the Belarusian House in Ukraine, who was found hanged in Kyiv.
In February this year security forces searched the homes of journalists and human rights activists in various cities in Belarus. The searches were related to a criminal case under Art. 342 (Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order or active participation in them) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus.