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Independent journalist Dzmitry Halko sits in the defendants' cage during his trial in Minsk on July 17, 2018. The court sentenced Halko to four years' detention at a prison colony. (AFP/Sergei Gapon)

Belarus sentences critical journalist to four years in a low-security prison colony

Kiev, July 17, 2018–A Minsk court today found Belarusian journalist Dzmitry Halko guilty of assaulting a police officer, sentenced him to four years’ labor at a low-security prison colony, and ordered him to pay restitution of 850 Belarusian rubles (US$430) to the officer, according to Halko’s wife, Julia Garkusha, and media reports. Halko was released…

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