Chargé d’Affaires of Belarus in Poland Alexander Chesnovsky was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of this country on February 8. This was announced by the representative of the Polish Foreign Ministry Lukasz Jasina.
The reason for the summons was the sentence handed down by the Belarusian court to journalist Andrei Pochobut.
“We do not consider the sentence fair… We will make every legal effort that can lead to his release,” Yasina said.
According to him, Chesnovsky said in response to this that in Belarus no one persecutes the Poles on ethnic grounds.
In addition, the Polish Foreign Ministry has already called the court’s decision on Poczobut unfair and called for his release.
“The politically motivated show trial and today’s verdict are clear evidence of the anti-Polish actions of the Belarusian authorities,” Polish diplomats noted in a statement.
Let us recall that on February 8, the Grodno Regional Court sentenced a member of the Belarusian Union of Poles deprived of registration in Belarus, journalist Andrei Pochobut to 8 years in a high-security penal colony. He was found guilty of calling for sanctions against the republic, as well as inciting social hatred or discord. Pochobut himself has been behind bars since March 25, 2021, and in October 2022, the State Security Committee of Belarus added him to the list of terrorists.