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Wednesday, June 08, 2005


Marinich to be released in July?

From Charter 97:

Mikhail Marinich, a convicted opposition figure, said he had been told by the administration of a correctional institution where he is currently serving his prison term that he might be released in July under a recently enacted amnesty law, according to a statement issued by the French and German embassies in Minsk last week.

The French and German ambassadors visited Mr. Marinich on May 31. He told them that he had been "orally notified" that he is eligible for amnesty under the law that took effect in early May and may be released in July.

Mr. Marinich`s son, Pavel, told BelaPAN that he could not confirm the reports as neither he nor the lawyer were allowed to visit his father these days.

Meanwhile, the diplomatic missions of Slovakia and the Czech Republic in Minsk have applied to the prison administration for permission to visit Mr. Marinich on June 17.

If this is true, it's fantastic news. We will soon be producing updated letters urging the Belarusian government to take advantage of this amnesty.

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