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Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Activist faces 4 years for 'insulting' Lukashenka

From Charter 97:

The investigation in the criminal case against a well-known human rights activist, deputy head of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee Harry Pahanyajla is extended. According to Radio Svaboda, the lawyer was informed about that by the Prosecutor’s Office of Minsk. Harry Pahanyajla is accused of insult of the president of Belarus, and he can be sentenced to up to 4 years of imprisonment.

The case lasts since October last year, when Pahanyajla gave an interview to a Swedish TV channel. He told about allegations that some high-ranking officials, including president Lukashenka, were involved in abductions of oppositionists.

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