The Polish government has refused to rule out the imposition of further sanctions on Belarus over an eight-year prison sentence slapped on a prominent Polish minority activist in Belarus, an interior minister has said.
The Polish Interior Ministry has announced the closure of Poland’s border with Belarus to Russian and Belarusian freight vehicles until further notice owing to the Belarusian Supreme Court upheld an eight-year prison sentence handed down to a Belarusian-Polish activist.
Poland will put sanctions on hundreds of “representatives of the Belarusian regime” after the Belarusian Supreme Court upheld an eight-year prison sentence on Andrzej Poczobut, a journalist and Polish minority leader, the Polish interior minister announced on Friday.
The Belarusian Supreme Court on Friday rejected an appeal by Andrzej Poczobut, a journalist and Polish minority leader, against an eight-year prison sentence.
The Polish Foreign Ministry has appealed to Minsk to free all political prisoners, including a Polish minority activist.
The Polish interior minister has said that the Polish-Belarusian border crossing in Bobrowniki, north-eastern Poland, will remain closed as long as Andrzej Poczobut, a Belarusian-Polish journalist and minority activist, remains in prison.
Andrzej Poczobut, a journalist and activist of the Polish minority in Belarus, convicted in early February for 'inciting national hatred and rehabilitating Nazism' has appealed against his eight-year prison sentence.
Restrictions on Polish hauliers and the expulsion of a Polish border guard liaison officer were announced by the Belarusian foreign ministry on Friday as retaliatory steps for Poland's closure of the Bobrowniki border crossing between the two countries.
At 16.30 Warsaw time on Thursday, Poland's charge d'affaires in Minsk was summoned to the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), a Polish foreign ministry spokesman announced.
Poland's foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned the Belarusian charge d’affaires after a Belarusian-Polish journalist and minority activist was sentenced to eight-years' imprisonment for "fomenting hatred" and "acting to the detriment of Belarus".