Jul 6, 2021 - World

Former Belarusian presidential contender sentenced to 14 years in prison

 Former Belarusian presidential contender Viktor Babariko charged with 14-year prison sentence.
Viktor Babariko sentenced to 14 years in colony. Photo: Ramil Nasibulin\TASS via Getty Images

A former contender in Belarus' 2020 presidential race was sentenced on Tuesday to 14 years in prison by the Supreme Court, in a corruption case that is being widely viewed as politically motivated, AP reports.

Driving the news: Viktor Babariko, the former chief executive of a Russia-owned bank, sought to to challenge Belarus’ authoritarian president, Alexander Lukashenko, but was arrested two months before the August 2020 vote.

  • On Tuesday, the court sentenced Babariko to a 14-year sentence and a fine of roughly $57,000 for allegedly taking a bribe and money laundering.
  • Babariko is not able to appeal the Supreme Court verdict, per AP.

Flasback: Babariko was widely perceived as a top contender in the race at the time of his arrest before the August 2020 vote.

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