The trial of a political prisoner- blogger Eduard Palchys starts at the Minsk City Court. He is charged under four articles of the criminal code. Palchys faces up to 20 years in prison. The case is being considered by Judge Pyotr Orlov. Eduard Palchys challenged the court and refused to stand up: «I don’t consider it a trial»,–he said.
Court hearings in the case of Eduard Palchys will be closed. This decision was made by Judge Pyotr Orlov.
Eduard Palchys is charged under articles:
- Part 3 of Art. 130 (Incitement of racial, national, religious or other social hatred or discord committed by a group, resulting in other serious consequences)
- Part 1 Art. 293 (Mass riots organization);
- Part 1 Art. 342 (Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order);
- Part. 3 Art. 361 (Calls for actions aimed at causing harm to the national security of the Republic of Belarus).
We remind that Eduard Palchys was detained at the end of September 2020 — he was sentenced to 30 days of arrest under Art. 23.34 of the Code of Administrative Offenses, after which he was not released.
Earlier, Eduard Palchys was already recognized as a political prisoner — from January to November 2016. He was detained for publications on the website of 1863x, a criminal case was initiated against him under Part 1 of Article 130 (incitement to racial, national or religious hatred or discord) and Part 2 of Article 343 (distribution of pornographic materials). In August 2016, the court of the Central District of Minsk recognized 9 materials of the 1863x.com website as extremist. On October 28, 2016, the blogger was sentenced to 1.9 years of restriction of liberty without referral to a correctional institution and released in the courtroom.
На русском языке:
Эдуард Пальчис заявил отвод суду. Судебное заседание будет закрытым
На беларускай мове: Эдуард Пальчыс заявіў адвод суду. Судовае паседжанне будзе закрытым