March 21, 2023

Belarus court jails nobel peace prize winner bialiatski for 10 years

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Belarus court sentences Nobel laureate Ales Baliatsky to 10 years in prison.
Three other members have been indicted along with Ailes.
All were found guilty of money laundering and financing opposition protests in the country.

Minsk: A court in Belarus has sentenced human rights activist Ales Bialiatski, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2022, to 10 years in prison. Ailes has been found guilty of financing protests and other crimes. The rights group says that the case filed against Baliatski was politically motivated. This information has been given by tweeting by the rights group Viasna. According to the news agency Reuters, 3 others have been found guilty along with Ailes. Prosecutors had asked the Minsk court to sentence Beliatsky to 12 years in prison, but the court sentenced him to 10 years in view of the charge. Ailes and his associates have been accused of financing and smuggling money into opposition protests.

Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Sikhanouskaya supported Ales, saying the verdict was appalling, saying everyone was wrongfully convicted. “We must do everything we can to fight and free them from this shameful injustice,” he said on Twitter. Mass demonstrations have taken place after longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko was declared the winner of the 2020 presidential election . Since the year 2020, many protests against the government took place and are continuing till now, during which more than 1500 people were put in jail. Viasana has played a pioneering role in providing legal and financial assistance to those in jail.

At age 60, Baliatsky is the co-founder of the Viasana human rights group. Bialitsky was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last October for his work on human rights and democracy, sharing it with Russian rights group Memorial and Ukraine’s Center for Civil Liberties. He was arrested in 2021 along with two colleagues of Viasana.

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