Minsk Court found editor-in-Chief of Tut.bu portal Maryna Zolotova guilty in the “BelTA case”. She accused of refraining from acting. The court fined her. Zolotova has to pay around $3,600, as TASS reported.
“To find guilty of intentional refraining from acting as an official, in compliance with the duties as an official for personal or any other reason, of committing a crime which led to substantial harm of state and public interest. To inflict punishment in a form of a fine amounting 300 basic units, which makes 7650 rubles (around $3,600, - ed.),” the presiding judge Aleksander Petrash stated.
It was noted that the sentence might be appealed in Minsk City Court.
Zolotova stated that she has not decided whether to appeal against the decision. She stressed she did not expect acquittal.
“I was glad the sentence is lighter, than the prosecutor asked for,” she noted.
The public prosecutor asked the court to Impose a fine on Zolotova amounting 1000 basic units, which is around $11,900. The defence in its turn insisted that there was no elements of offence in her actions.
As we reported, searches and detentions in Tut.by and BelTA took place on August 7, 2018.
The detainees were Maryna Zolotova, Chief Editor of online news agency Tut.by, Anna Kaltyhyna, news editor in Tut.by and Tatyana Korovenkova, the journalist in BelaPAN agency. Searches were also conducted in BelaPAN agency.
It should be noted that Tut.by is a big independent Belarusian online-portal covering 42% of all Internet-users in Belarus.