Dzmitry Halko

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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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Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko salutes during a military parade in Minsk, Belarus, on July 3, 2018. Journalist Dzmitry Halko was scheduled to go on trial July 10 in Minsk. (Sergei Gapon/Pool via Reuters)

Belarusian journalist to go on trial

Kiev, July 6, 2018–Belarusian authorities should immediately release journalist Dzmitry Halko and drop all the charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Halko, also known as Dmitry Galko, is scheduled to be tried by a Minsk court on July 10 on charges of assaulting a police officer at his Minsk apartment last…

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