Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Barazenka Free

The last remaining political prisoner Aliaksandr Barazenka was released from prison on Dec. 9, 2008. But if you think that he was acqitted, you are mistaken. The court found him guilty and sentenced him to one year of "restricted freedom". Basically, that means the regime expects that Barazenka would stay quiet - even crossing the street on a red light may be enough to send him to prison again.

Barazenka, 20, who was charged in early 2008 over his participation in an unauthorized peaceful demonstration this past January and placed on the police wanted list after he fled prosecution, was arrested following his voluntary appearance at the Minsk city police department on October 27 for questioning.

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