Polish Belarusian journalist Andrzej Poczobut remains imprisoned for honest reporting
Polish journalist Andrzej Poczobut is being held in custody in Belarus accused of “slandering” President Lukashenko. He could face up to four years in prison for telling the truth about the Lukashenko regime. His wife, Oksana, met with her husband, who writes for the Polish newspaper Wyborcza on Friday.
“Amdrzej is holding up, he thanks people for their support and wishes all the readers a Happy Easter.”
The Prosecutor is now preparing charges against him, examining material from the two work computers that have been confiscated, looking for “evidence” to back the accusations. They are looking at which sites he visited, who he corresponded with. This information needs to be ready by the end of next week.
The Prosecutor is seeking to bring the Wyborcza correspondent to court for a supposed breach of one of the articles, probably Article 367 § 1 of the Criminal Code which carries up to two years imprisonment for contempt shown to the President of Belarus. Poczutek is alleged to have defamed Lukashenko through two commentaries on the Internet and in eight articles published by Wyborcza. Including those where the President is not even mentioned.
The beginning of the trial has yet to be fixed.
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