Belarus: Catholic priest arrested on charges of high treason

The media reports about the priest’s very poor health condition. He faces a prison sentence of seven to fifteen years.

Father Henryk Akałatowicz from the parish in Volozhyn near Minsk, Belarus, was arrested as part of a high treason case, the independent Catholic channel on Telegram, Christian Vision, claims, citing sources. The priest has serious health problems.

Detention of a priest

Fr. Henryk Akałatowicz is the pastor. Saint Joseph in Woźhin. Christian Vision reports on the case, citing anonymous sources. According to them, the priest was detained as part of a case of “high treason” and could be another cleric affected by the Lukashenko regime’s political repression.

The Belarusian Criminal Code provides for a prison sentence of seven to fifteen years for this article.

In 2013, another Catholic priest, Vladislav Lazar, was charged under the same article and spent six months in KGB pretrial detention.

The media indicate that the priest has serious health problems, including: He recently had a heart attack. He also underwent stomach surgery for cancer.

The priest has been serving as a priest since the times of the USSR, when he was ordained secretly. As Nasha Niva writes, during Soviet times he was fined many times, including: in 1984 – for a visit to Katyn.

Belarusian persecution

Belarusian authorities suppress all public criticism of the Lukashenko regime and its support for Russia’s war against Ukraine. Courts have repeatedly convicted clergymen of various denominations. Dictator Aleksandr Lukashenko has been cracking down on the democracy movement since nationwide protests against the 2020 presidential election, which are seen in his favor. Many activists were sentenced to long prison terms. The Viasna Human Rights Center currently reports 1,513 political prisoners in Belarus.

Source: Do Rzeczy