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Ex-presidential candidate Sannikov released from prison in Belarus

April 14, 2012, 22:33 UTC+3
He was arrested on December 19, 2010 and sentenced to five years in prison for participation in mass riots in Minsk
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MINSK, April 14 (Itar-Tass) —— The Belarusian authorities have released ex-presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov.

He was arrested on December 19, 2010 and sentenced to five years in prison for participation in mass riots in Minsk.

Sannikov, 57, was found guilty of organising mass riots in Minsk on December 19, 2010 after presidential elections.

During court hearings, Sannikov said the trial was “conspicuously politically motivated” and refused to plead guilty.

“We think that the verdict is unlawful and unfounded. The fact of mass riots was not proved,” lawyer Marina Kovalevskaya said.

Having noted that the court failed to uphold some of the defence's pleas, she said this testified to “"the one-sidedness of the trial”.

 

 

 

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