Journalist, member of the Union of Poles in Belarus
Detained: 25 Mar 2021
Charges: Art. 130 of the Criminal Code - Incitement to hatred
Status: Arrested, pre-trial
Andrzej Poczobut is a journalist and member of the Union of Poles in Belarus.
Poczobut was detained on March 25, after his home was searched and IT equipment was confiscated, including two laptops and hard drives, seven old telephones, as well as conference participant badges, Polish-language documents, including his daughter’s papers, awards and others. Books in Polish were also confiscated during the search. Poczobut was taken to the central office of the Investigative Committee, where he was interrogated and then placed in a pre-trial detention center in Minsk.
The journalist was then named a suspect in a criminal case under Part 3 of Art. 130 of the Criminal Code.