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Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Marinich to appeal for early release 22 September

From Charter 97:

A commission on the questions of early release of Minsk colony is not in favour of early release of former Minister and Ambassador Mikhail Marynich, his wife Tatsyana Marynich informed Radio Svaboda. She had a meeting with her husband in the colony from September 7 to 9. Tatsyana Marynich says that her husband is making efforts to change the decision of the commission.

“He was acquainted with the decision of the commission concerning possibility of his early release. He wrote his objection to the decision. Firstly, he follows all rules and has not committed any violations of the order, and secondly, he needs urgent treatment,” Tatsyana Marynich said.

According to information of Tatsyana Marynich, on September 22 a new session of the commission is to take place. It is to determine finally, whether Mikhail Marynich will be released. He believed that he completely meets conditions of the early release, as considering the amnesty he had served more than a half of the term in prison, and he is a pensioner.

On the days leading up to the commission meeting, it is vitally important that the international community keeps up pressure on Belarus to release Mr Marinich. If you haven't already sent a letter to the Belarusian government, now is an ideal time to do so.

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