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Lawyers: 7 Belarusian candidates charged

Lawyers: 7 Belarusian candidates charged

Lawyers for Belarusian presidential candidates who were arrested after this month's election say the seven candidates have been formally charged with organizing a mass public disturbance and face up to 15 years in prison.
Tens of thousands of opposition supporters marched through the streets of Minsk after the Dec. 19 election to protest alleged fraud. The demonstration was violently broken up by club-swinging riot police.
One of the candidates, Vladimir Neklyayev, was badly beaten while trying to lead supporters to the protest, and his lawyer said his health took a sharp turn for the worse in prison Wednesday and his life was in danger.
Lawyer Tamara Sidorenko says 64-year-old Neklyayev suffered an attack of hypertension in which his blood pressure soared.


Updated : 2021-08-01 10:26 GMT+08:00