Court of Belarus continued the consideration of the appeal case authors Regnum

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. The Belarus Supreme court on Thursday continued the hearing of the appeal in the case of the Belarusian authors of the Russian Agency Regnum, the correspondent of RIA Novosti.

Belarusian court on Tuesday began the consideration of the appeal case on charge of three Belarusian authors Regnum — Sergey Chipenko, Dmitry Alimkin and Yuri Pavlovets — inciting national enmity or discord. Alimkin in court were not. Shiptjenko, and Pavlovets were made by the court with a speech in which he demanded to reconsider the sentence in the case, a re-examination of their texts, as well as to prosecute cases of independent experts. Shipchenko also offered to send the criminal case to additional investigation.

It is expected that the Thursday session will include attorney.

The scandal surrounding the Agency Regnum broke out in December 2016 in connection with the publication of a number of materials on the Belarusian topic. Subsequently, the Belarusian law enforcers arrested three of the authors Regnum. The Minsk city court on February 2 this year admitted Alenkina, Pavlovians and Shoptenko guilty of inciting ethnic enmity or hatred and sentenced them to the penalty of five years imprisonment with a suspended sentence of three years. The journalists were released from custody on his own recognizance and appropriate behavior. The accused pleaded not guilty. Later they appealed the verdict.

Edition of IA Regnum informed, said that «categorically rejects the charges against the authors of the Agency’s accusations, calling them unfair and false», «reaffirms its unequivocal condemnation of manifestations of chauvinism, neo-Nazism and Russophobia in Belarus.» In this edition of Regnum named accused Belarus journalists «political prisoners».

The Russian foreign Ministry urged the Belarusian side to consider the most responsible of journalists. The Russian Union of journalists expressed concern over the situation of journalists Regnum, the organization noted that if we are talking about inciting hatred, you must provide examples from the texts in the future to avoid similar situations.