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Archive for May 15th, 2011

Belarus Opposition Leader Jailed for 5 Years – New Political Prisoner

Posted by Info on 15/05/2011

Belarusian opposition leader Andrei Sannikov was sentenced to five years in prison Saturday after being convicted on charges of organizing mass protests following the country’s disputed presidential elections last December.
The 57-year-old Sannikov was one of seven presidential candidates arrested on December 19 as thousands of people protested in Minsk after President Alexander Lukashenko won re-election.
Four other former presidential candidates are on trial in Belarus. The arrests and trials of those who either challenged Mr. Lukashenko or demonstrated against his disputed victory are part of a wider crackdown on those seen as opposing the authoritarian leader.

On May 12 the European Parliament has called upon the leadership of the EU to immediately impose sanctions against Belarusian officials who had been involved in the crackdown during the presidential campaign. The sanctions should be in force until the unconditional release of all political prisoners.

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