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Lawyer Anastasia Lazarenko was sentenced to 6 years in prison

Lawyer Anastasia Lazarenko
Lawyer Anastasia Lazarenko Source:

Judges of the Lukashenko regime in Belarus sentenced Lazarenko to six years in prison. In 2020, she counseled victims outside the detention center on Okrestina

According to the Human Rights Center "Viasna. Minsk City Court sentenced lawyer Anastasia Lazarenka to six years in a general regime colony in the case of "leaking" personal data of police officers.

Judge Svetlana Cherepanova
Judge Svetlana Cherepanova

Anastasia's case began to be considered on 2 May, but the process was closed almost immediately. The trial was led by judge Svetlana Cherepanova, the state prosecution was supported by prosecutor Aliaksandra Ramanenka.

The political prisoner's right to defense was restricted - one of her lawyers was summoned to court as a witness, so he could no longer defend her, as a result Lazarenka was restricted in her right to defense during the trial. According to human rights defenders, this happened shortly before the end of the investigation.

Anastasia Lazarenko was found guilty under three articles of the Criminal Code:

  • Gross violation of order (part 1 of article 342 of the Criminal Code),

  • unlawful acts in relation to information on private life (Article 203-1 of the Criminal Code)

  • assistance in inciting enmity or discord (part 6 of article 16 and part 3 of article 130 of the CC).

According to the materials of the case, Lazarenka allegedly passed the data of the law enforcement officers and judges to the representatives of the telegraph channel "Black Book of Belarus" (BKB), as well as participated in a march in Minsk on August 16, 2020.

Detention of lawyer Lazarenko
Detention of lawyer Lazarenko

As Euroradio reported earlier, the law enforcers came to detain Anastasia Lazarenko with submachine guns and bulletproof vests. They climbed in the windows and broke down the door in the house.

In August 2020, Lazarenko was holding consultations for Belarusians injured by the siloviki near the detention center on Okrestina in Minsk. She was left with an elderly father and a 19-year-old son who suffers from Crohn's disease.



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