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Wednesday, January 12, 2005


Mikhail Marinich

On 30 December, while the world was preoccupied with the horrors of the Asian tsunami, Belarus sentenced opposition politician Mikhail Marinich to five years in prison for stealing computers. The U.S. State Department, which owns the computers in question, denies that they were ever stolen. It seems clear that Marinich has been jailed for his political activity. Amnesty International has issued a statement condemning his arrest.

We urge our readers to write to the Embassy of Belarus demanding Mr Marinich's immediate release. The address is:

Embassy of the Republic of Belarus
6 Kensington Court
W8 5DL
Fax: 0207 361 0005
E-mail: uk@belembassy.org

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