Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Belarus: Lukashenko Pardons Jailed Ex-presidential Candidate

Posted by Info on 02/10/2011

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has pardoned another candidate in last year’s presidential election convicted for taking part in post-election protests.“Being guided by the principles of humanity…”

Ex-presidential candidate Dmitry Uss had been released from prison.
At least five of the nine losing candidates in December’s presidential elections were brought to trial and convicted following a brutal crackdown on rallies against the result of the vote, which Lukashenko won with a landslide.
Three losing candidates – Nikolai Statkevich, Dmitry Uss and Andrei Sannikov – were sentenced to prison terms ranging from five to six years in prison. The fourth, Vladimir Neklyaev, was sentenced to two years in prison with a two-year reprieve.
Another candidate, Ales Mikhalevich, fled the country and was granted political asylum in Czech Republic.
Vitaly Rymashevsky received a suspended sentence of two years.
So far, only Statkevich and Sannikov remain in jail.

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