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  • Ales Sabaleuski not released following second administrative detention

    On December 12 of last year, Sabaleuski was detained and sentenced to 10 days of administrative detention the following day. Sabaleuski, a former journalist and blogger, was serving his term in the Mahiliou temporary detention center when another administrative report was drawn up against him for distributing ‘extremist’ content. Although he was supposed to be released on January 6 after serving his second term, he was not, as reported by MAYDAY TEAM.

    Jour­nal­ists and human rights activists from Mahil­iou report that Ales Sabaleus­ki may have been trans­ferred to a pre-tri­al deten­tion cen­ter. How­ev­er, fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tion is need­ed regard­ing his cur­rent charges.

    Sabaleus­ki was arrest­ed at his work­place in a rental office by law enforce­ment offi­cials on Decem­ber 12, 2023. This occurred short­ly after Mahil­iou jour­nal­ists were arrest­ed and tak­en for inter­ro­ga­tion at the KGB HQ. The crack­down was due to the dec­la­ra­tion of Mahiliou.Media and 6TV Bielarus as extrem­ist for­ma­tions.

    Ales Sabaleus­ki has been tar­get­ed by law enforce­ment mul­ti­ple times in recent years. In Jan­u­ary 2021, law enforce­ment searched the jour­nal­ist, the edi­to­r­i­al office of the Mahilous­ki Rajon inform

    ation web­site, and the pri­vate homes of sev­er­al region­al jour­nal­ists. The seized office equip­ment was returned to the jour­nal­ists ten months lat­er, in Octo­ber 2022.

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