Thursday, April 28, 2005
Chernobyl protesters, journalists jailed
A Belarussian court on Wednesday convicted 30 people for taking part in a rally denouncing President Alexander Lukashenko this week and sentenced them to brief jail terms of up to 15 days.
"My feeling was that all the sentences had been prepared in advance," said protest organiser Marian Bogdanovich of the United Civic Party, who was given a fine of about $1,500.
"In my case, there was not even an attempt to confer on proceedings."
The Committee to Protect Journalists reports that two Russian journalists were among those sentenced.