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BBC learned about final charges brought against Sapieha in Minsk

December 5, 2021 by Posted in: Lyrics

The Russian woman was charged with inciting hatred, in Belarus she faces up to six years in prison. The lawyer did not rule out that the girl could be pardoned

Sofya Sapega

The Investigative Committee of Belarus has charged the Russian woman Sofya Sapega with the final charge of incitement to hatred (part 3 of Art. 130 of the Criminal Code), the BBC Russian Service reports, citing two sources. The girl was detained in May in Minsk together with the former editor-in-chief of the opposition Telegram-channel Nexta (the Belarusian authorities recognized him as extremist) after the forced landing of a Ryanair passenger plane.

According to the newspaper, Sapieha faces up to six years in prison & mdash; the minimum term under this article, given that the Russian woman has entered into a pre-trial agreement with the investigation.

Since October 20, Sapega has been under house arrest in the Belarusian city of Lida, in the apartment of her parents, where she is registered. At the same time, they had no connection with their daughter for several months, sources say. On Friday, December 3, the girl was summoned to the Investigative Committee.

Sapega can be extradited to Russia only after the verdict. Lawyer Anton Gashinsky told the newspaper that President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko could also pardon her.

The Ryanair plane, flying from Athens to Vilnius, was forced to land in Minsk on May 23 due to a bomb report. Information about mining was not confirmed. Protasevich and Sapega were taken off the flight and detained, and later they were arrested.

Soon, a video was published in Belarus in which Sapega claims that she was the administrator of the Telegram channel Black Book of Belarus. (also recognized as extremist in the country), where the personal data of employees of the internal affairs bodies were published. The Russian woman was accused of inciting social enmity and discord, she was also a suspect in the case of organizing actions that grossly violate public order, under these articles she faced up to 15 years in prison.

Until June 25, Protasevich and Sapega were in SIZO, but then they were transferred under house arrest. As stated in the Investigative Committee of the Republic, both concluded a pre-trial agreement with the investigation. Belarusian state channels showed several interviews with Protasevich, in which he stated that he cooperated with the investigation, admitted his guilt and no longer wanted to engage in politics.

In August, Sapega also gave an interview to the state channel Belarus 1. The girl admitted that the work collective was “ involved in the incident with the forced landing of the plane. '' ex-editor-in-chief of Nexta. According to her, the Belarusian special services were not involved in the incident.

After the forced landing of the Ryanair flight, the EU imposed sectoral sanctions against Belarus. This led to a migration crisis on the border with the EU countries, which is why new restrictions were introduced against Minsk.

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