A court in Belarus sentenced a top leader of an ethnic Polish group to 15 days in jail on Wednesday, the latest action in a Government campaign targeting the organization amid tense relations between Poland and the neighboring ex-Soviet republic.
A court in the western city of Grodno sentenced Wieslaw Kiewlak, deputy chief of the Union of Poles of Belarus, after convicting him of participating in an unsanctioned demonstration, union head Angelica Boris, said.
She criticized the conviction, saying Kiewlak was charged in connection with a meeting with a Polish lawmaker, Donald Tusk, that required no permission from authorities. Tusk met with about 100 people on Monday outside of the Union of Poles headquarters in Grodno.
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