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Friday, August 12, 2005


Pisalnik released from prison

From Radio Free Europe:

Andrzej Pisalnik, spokesman for the Union of Belarusian Poles (SPB), was released from a detention center in Lida, Hrodna Oblast, on 11 August, Belapan reported. Pisalnik, who is also editor in chief of the SPB newspaper "Glos znad Niemna," had served a 10-day sentence on charges of organizing an unauthorized demonstration in the city of Shchuchyn in July and disobeying police orders. Also on 11 August, SPB magazine "Magazyn Polski" Editor Andrzej Poczobut was released from the Lida detention center. Poczobut served a 15-day sentence on charges of organizing the same demonstration for which the authorities punished Pisalnik. Meanwhile, Belarusian border guards on 10 August confiscated video and audio tapes from Mikolaj Wawrzeniuk, a journalist for Polish Television, who was returning from Hrodna in Belarus to Bialystok in Poland and possessed the required accreditation for working in Belarus. The seized recordings reportedly included interviews with SPB activists.

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