Ukrainian journalist Sharoiko charged with espionage gets 8 years in Belarus prison, - Ambassador Kyzym

The Supreme Court of Belarus sentenced Ukrainian journalist Pavlo Sharoiko to eight years in jail.

Ukraine’s Ambassador to Belarus Ihor Kyzym told a briefing before the Minsk Dialogue Forum, Censor.NET reports citing TUT.by.

According to the diplomat, Sharoiko got more than eight years in prison. However, he voiced no specific term.

"Sharoiko is in the KGB’s remand prison now. He was visited by the Ukrainian consul the other day. The convict filed no complains about the conditions of his detention," Kyzym said.

Sharoiko’s wife also visited him.

Spokesperson for the Supreme Court of Belarus Yulia Lyaskova and lawyer of the detained Ukrainian journalist Larisa Bykova were previously reluctant to inform journalists whether the verdict had already been passed to the Ukrainian charged with espionage.

On Nov. 17, Ukraine's National Public Broadcasting Company Chief Zurab AlasaniareportedSharoiko's detention in Belarus. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry declined to comment on this issue.

On Nov. 20, the Belarusian KGB made a formal statement on Sharoiko's detention on espionage charges and expulsion of the adviser for the Ukrainian embassy. The KGB claims that Sharoiko has allegedly admitted his membership in Ukraine's Defense Intelligence Agency which Belarus-based undercover agent he allegedly was of.

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Earlier, Ukrainian reserve officer Ihor Hryb announced his son Pavlo Hryb was kidnapped by Russian FSB in Belarus: "FSB had lured Pavlo to Gomel under the guise of meeting a girl, and detained him."

On Aug. 24, 2017, Pavlo Hryb, aged 19, left for Belorussian Gomel to see a girl he met through social media, without knowing her personally, the father wrote. The girl was supposed to come from the Russian Federation. Pavlo was to return home on the same day, but he didn't. His father went to search for his son in Gomel the next day, and found that Pavlo was wanted by Russian FSB for a terrorist attack.

On Sept. 8, Hryb's attorneyssaid they were not allowedto see their client in Krasnodar prison.

On Sept. 13, a court in Krasnodar, Russia,arrested Hryb until Oct. 17.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3067689