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Wednesday, August 10, 2005


Belarus oppositionist's appeal denied

From Radio Free Europe:

The Minsk City Court on 9 August dismissed an appeal by opposition politician Andrey Klimau against the sentence imposed on him in June (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 13 June 2005). Klimau was sentenced to 18 months in a correctional-labor colony on charges of disturbing the public peace during an opposition protest he organized in Minsk in March. Since Klimau has already spent three months in a pretrial detention center, where each day is counted as two in executing a sentence of imprisonment, his term was cut to one year. He is expected to be sent to an open-type correctional facility in the near future.

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