Polish journalist to face charges of slandering Lukashenko



Gazeta Wyborcza correspondent, Andrzej Poczobut was due to be released from prison on Saturday having served a 72 hour term of imprisonment for having supposedly broken an undertaking not to leave Grodno. As reported, Andrzej Poczobut gave no such undertaking when detained on Wednesday, accused of alleged disrespect for Alexander Lukashenko, but on the contrary stated that he would be going to Minsk where on Thursday he was to speak on a television link-up with Deputies of the European Parliament about persecution of the Belarusian opposition.

The information about his continued imprisonment has been passed on to Wyborcza by his lawyer. A new charge was apparently added to that of showing disrespect for the Belarusian authorities. He is now accused of slandering Lukashenko which carries a four-year sentence.

His lawyer explains that the court order remands Andrzej Poczobut in custody until the end of the criminal investigation. That is effectively indefinitely. 

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