Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of mass street protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko last year, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Babaryka was considered one of the strongest opponents to authoritarian leader Lukashenko, who has been in power for close to three decades.
State TV broadcast an interview of journalist Roman Protasevich in which he said he called for anti-Lukashenko protests last year, a confession the opposition, UK and Germany say was "clearly under duress".
Roman Protasevich was detained in Minsk after his flight made an emergency landing under orders from President Alexander Lukashenko, prompting international condemnation.
Belarus has been rocked by waves of protests since an August 9 presidential election that strongman Lukashenko says he won but the opposition, backed by Western countries, says was stolen.
Belarusian students, factory workers and pensioners answered a call by exiled opposition figure Svetlana Tikhanovskaya to launch a nationwide strike this week — a fresh move to force Lukashenko to hold new elections after months of mass protests.
Belarus has been gripped by unprecedented youth and women-led protests since President Lukashenko claimed victory in an August election.
Sviatlana Tikhanovskaya and French President Emmanuel Macron discuss free and fair elections for Belarus after the contested August 9 polls in which President Alexander Lukashenko won a sixth term.
Belarusian security forces detained dozens of protesters as crowds rallied in central Minsk accusing President Lukashenko of rigging last month's election.
The lawyer, Lyudmila Kazak was defending Maria Kolesnikova, a key member of a council Belarus’ political opposition set up to push for a new presidential election.
EU's top diplomat Josep Borrell says there is a clear will to adopt the sanctions, but the required unanimity was not reached, despite a plea for support from opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya.
Demonstrations broke out in Belarus after Alexander Lukashenko claimed to have defeated opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and won re-election with 80 percent of the vote on August 9.
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