Prosecutor seeks three years in prison for pro-independence blogger

Blogger Eduard Palchys is facing a real term in prison - not a suspended sentence. Unofficial reports suggest the prosecutor has asked the judge to sentence Palchys to three and a half years in prison, reports

Eduard Palchys is standing a trial behind the closed doors at Minsk City Court.

Opposition politicians expressed hope Palchys would get a suspended sentence. However, Belarusian Christian Democracy co-chairman Pavel Sevyarynets said the prosecutor is asking three and a half years for the defendant.

The verdict is expected on October 28.

Belarusian human rights defenders have recognized Eduard Palchys a political prisoner.