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Belarusian oppositionist Babariko sent to penal colony

Source : 112 Ukraine

More than a year after Belarusian opposition figure Viktor Babariko was arrested en route to register his presidential candidacy, a Minsk court sentenced him to 14 years in jail
14:20, 12 July 2021

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Belarusian opposition figure, the former head of Russia-owned Belgazprombank Viktor Babariko, was convoyed from Minsk to penal colony No. 1 in Novopolotsk. This was reported by Babariko's Telegram channel. 

"This morning, Viktor Babariko's defenders turned to the pre-trial detention center in Minsk to visit their client (last time they visited him there on Friday, July 9). However, they were told that Viktor Babariko was transferred to a penal colony No. 1 in Novopolotsk," the message says.

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More than a year after Belarusian opposition figure Viktor Babariko was arrested en route to register his presidential candidacy, a Minsk court sentenced him to 14 years in jail.

Officially, Belarusian prosecutors accused Babariko of money laundering, bribery and tax evasion, which he denies.

Babariko was also ordered to pay back 46 million Belarusian roubles (€15 million) in damages, fined an additional €45,000, and banned from holding leadership positions.

His conviction is seen as the latest example of a fierce crackdown on critics of President Lukashenko, given that Babariko was seen as the most serious challenger ahead of last year's election.

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