Ex-director of the oldest independent information agency in Belarus, BelaPAN [It was recognized as an extremist formation under the KGB (the Committee for State Security) decision in November, 2021], was detained 18 August 2021, after a search and an interrogation at the Investigative Committee. Dzmitry did not work for the information agency at the time of his detainment.
Articles he is accused upon have been changed several times. Dzmitry was charged with creating an extremist group and tax evasion. He has been recognized as a political prisoner.
On 6 June 2022, closed court proceedings started on the BelaPAN case which involved Dzmitry Navazhilau. On October 6, 2022 at Minsk regional court a sentence was given on that case. Navazhilau was sentenced to 6 years of reinforced regime colony. Besides, he was accused of income tax evasion from February, 2015 to April, 2021. The political prisoner must pay fine at the amount of 22,400 BYN (about 8,800 USD).
On January 20, 2023, the Ministry of Internal Affairs added Navazhilau to the list of persons involved in extremist activities.
The journalist's story is told by his colleagues.