On July 4, the trial of "Belsat" journalist

Ekaterina Andreeva began.

A new criminal case against Ekaterina became known in February 2022, this time the journalist was accused of treason.

Kateryna was transferred from the colony to the pre-trial detention center-3 in Goml, the new investigation lasted less than two months.

The process could have started already in May, but for an unknown reason the processes slowed down.

After 4:30 p.m. on July 4, Ekaterina's husband,

Igor Ilyash

, announced that the first hearing in her case had ended, and it would continue tomorrow:

"It is still unclear when we can expect a verdict.

Unfortunately, I do not know any circumstances of the trial.

Katya is doing well, confidently.

Don't complain about your health."

What is written in the article "Treason to the State"

"Issuance to a foreign state, a foreign organization or their representative of state secrets of the Republic of Belarus, as well as information constituting state secrets of other states, transferred to the Republic of Belarus in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Belarus, or espionage, or agent activity, or switching to the enemy's side during war or armed conflict, or other assistance to a foreign state, a foreign organization or their representative in carrying out activities to the detriment of the national security of the Republic of Belarus, intentionally committed by a citizen of the Republic of Belarus (treason against the state), shall be punished by imprisonment for a term of 7 to 15 years."

Kateryna Bakhvalova (Andreeva) was detained on November 15, 2020, during a live broadcast from "Peramen Square", where a commemoration of the fallen protester

Roman Bandarenka

took place .

On February 18, 2021, she, along with cameraman

Daria Chultsova

, was found guilty of organizing activities that grossly violate public order, and was sentenced to 2 years in a general regime prison.

Since the beginning of the new investigation in February 2022, Andreyeva is in the Gomel pre-trial detention center-3, she previously served her sentence in the Gomel women's colony.

She has no problems in correspondence with her relatives, the letters go very quickly and almost all of them.

Kateryna hardly receives mail from other people.

The first term of the journalist's imprisonment ends in September 2022.

The trial of the journalist is closed

Ekaterina's husband

Ihar Ilyash

wrote before the trial:

"The consideration of the case will be held in closed mode.

The format is such that I won't be able to see Katya even before the session begins.

But it is expected that the announcement of the decisive part of the verdict will still be public.

It is impossible to predict how long the legal process may last.

Making predictions about its outcome is a completely pointless exercise.

I know only one thing for sure: no matter what happens now, sooner or later we will still win, be together and be happy."