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Ukrainian reporter judged in Belarus asks for pardon

The Belarusian authority has been considering Pavlo Sharoyko's appeal
18:08, 25 June 2019

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Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sharoyko, judged for espionage in Belarus has filed an appeal, asking for a pardon. Aleksei Stuk, the Deputy Prosecutor General of Belarus said this as quoted by Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

'He filed the appeal for a pardon. The Commission considers it', Stuk said.

The official added that the ultimate decision is delayed 'until certain conditions are observed', never specifying the actual conditions.

Related: Detained in Belarus journalist Sharoyko charged with espionage, - media

Pavlo Sharoyko, a reporter for Ukrainian Radio, was detained in Belarus. Belarusian KGB claimed he collected data on Russian military infrastructure in Belarus.

A piece of Sharoyko’s interrogation was published, in which he confessed to having worked for the military intelligence; according to the story, he resigned in 2009, but two years later, he was reinstated as a reserve officer. Later, he started working as a reporter in Belarus, which was a civilian cover.

The Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine refuted the information, saying that Sharoyko was dismissed from his post of the intelligence press secretary in 2009. Belarusian court sentenced Sharoyko to eight years behind the bars.

Related: Ukraine’s Sharoyko gathered data on Russian military objects in Belarus, - Belarusian KGB

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