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Thursday, August 18, 2005


Marinich's sentence reduced by another year

From Charter 97:

The term of imprisonment of the Belarusian political prisoner, former Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Belarus Mikhail Marynich has been reduced by one year due to the amnesty dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Victory in the Great patriotic War. The press center of the Charter’97 was informed about it by the son of the political prisoner, leader of the civil initiative “Freedom to political prisoners!”, member of the “Free Belarus” Igor Marynich.

After the amnesty Mikhail Marynich, who had already served a year and a half, would have to serve his term for a year more. “However now, taking into consideration his state of health, father has every reason for being released earlier,” Igor Marynich said.

Although this is good news, it isn't the complete amnesty we had hoped for. Another year is still too long for Mr Marinich, who is obviously in prison for political reasons and is recognised as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International. We will continue to campaign on his behalf.

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