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Belarus President Pardons Nine Convicted For December Protests

August 11, 2011

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has pardoned nine of the 41 people convicted for taking part in the massive December 19 protests that followed his disputed reelection.

Reports did not name those amnestied by Lukashenka.

RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports the nine freed had requested an amnesty, admitted taking part in the demonstrations, and pledged not to engage in such activities again.

Among those jailed over the protests are a number of opposition politicians who ran against Lukashenka, including his leading rival in the election, Andrey Sannikau, who was handed a five-year sentence in May.

RFE/RL's Belarus Service, with agency reports


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