Viktor Babariko, the former head of Belgazprombank and Belarusian oppositionist, could be sentenced to 15 years in prison for money laundering. State Prosecutor Sergei Girgel asked the Supreme Court of Belarus about this during a hearing in the Belgazprombank case, as TASS reports.
"Babariko will finally be sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment in a medium security penal colony with deprivation of the right to hold leading positions," Girgel said.
This is the maximum term that the prosecutor could demand for the charges - money laundering and grand bribery.
In the summer of 2020, criminal cases were instituted against the former head of Belgazprombank, 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.