Belarusian oppositioner sentenced to 14 years in jail for money laundering

Source : 112 Ukraine

Viktor Babariko is also charged with taking a huge bribe while serving as the head of a local bank
16:21, 6 July 2021

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Viktor Babariko, the former head of Belgazprombank and representative of Belarusian opposition has faced the 14-years-long prison term for laundering money. BELTA news agency reported that on July 6. 

The verdict is final; Babariko is found guilty of money laundering and getting a huge bribe while he served as the head of Belgazprombank (2000-2020). He is also stripped off the right to take any offices within the period of five years. 

In May 2020, the Belarusian opposition chose him as a candidate in the presidential elections.

Related: Belarusian presidential candidate Viktor Babariko charged

In the summer of 2020, criminal cases were instituted against Viktor Babariko and six of the nine members of the previous board. Babariko was accused of financial fraud after he announced his intention to run in the presidential election in May. Already after his arrest, the Central Election Commission of Belarus denied him registration as a candidate. In February 2021, the Supreme Court of Belarus launched a trial in the Babariko case.

Related: Prosecution asks to sentence Belarusian oppositionist Viktor Babariko to 15 years in prison

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