The materials on the case of Sofya Sapega, accused in Belarus of inciting hatred, were transferred to the court of the Grodno region. About it informs Novaya Gazeta, citing lawyer Anton Gashinsky.
The date of the first meeting has not yet been set. The trial will be open unless either party files a motion for a closed hearing.
The Investigative Committee of Belarus completed the investigation of the Sapieha case in early December, she was charged with inciting hatred (part 3 of article 130 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus). Under this article, she faces a minimum of six years in prison. Initially, she was a suspect in mass “protest” cases and faced 15 years in prison.
At the end of December Sapieha wrote petition for pardon addressed to Alexander Lukashenko.
On May 23, a Ryanair plane en route from Athens to Vilnius landed at Minsk Airport after receiving a report of a mine attack. After the plane landed, Roman Protasevich, one of the founders of the opposition Nexta Telegram channel, and his Russian girlfriend Sofya Sapega were arrested.
Reportedthat Protasevich was followed back in Greece, from where they flew. The Greek secret services studied the records from the surveillance cameras in hotels and at the airport and came to the conclusion that the journalist was under surveillance, including during a trip to Crete. It was noted that the operatives acted in the interests of Minsk.
In June, Protasevich and Sapega were transferred from the KGB pre-trial detention center to house arrest. The Investigative Committee of Belarus reported that the defendants made a deal with the investigation and are giving confessions. On August 9, Alexander Lukashenko, commenting on the Protasevich case, saidthat “he is now practically free.”