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People attend a rally in support of Belarusian prisoner Stepan Latypov, in Kyiv, Ukraine, on June 1.GLEB GARANICH/Reuters

A Belarusian man who tried to cut his own throat during a court hearing in June was sentenced to 8½ years in prison after his trial resumed on Monday, the human rights group Viasna-96 and Belarusian media reported.

Stepan Latypov, 41, was arrested last September during an intensifying crackdown on protests by security forces loyal to President Alexander Lukashenko after a contested election.

He had tried to cut his own throat during a hearing on June 1 after complaining in court of torture and threats to his family and neighbours, activists, local media and a witness reported. He underwent emergency treatment in hospital.

The human rights group Viasna-96 has recognized Latypov as one of hundreds of political prisoners in Belarus.

Latypov was charged with organizing riots, resisting police and fraud, and also accused on state television of planning to poison the police. He denies any wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty, arguing that the case was politically motivated.

Belarusian officials have not commented on Monday’s verdict. A spokeswoman for the court declined comment but said a statement on the case would be published soon.

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