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Wife of Belarusian candidate sentenced

Wife of Belarusian candidate sentenced

A court in Belarus has given the wife of a former presidential candidate a two-year suspended prison sentence for taking part in an antigovernment rally.
The court in the capital Minsk on Monday passed the sentence on Irina Khalip after it convicted her of taking part in riots.
The trial follows December's election, in which President Alexander Lukashenko was declared winner with nearly 80 percent of a vote that was largely viewed as rigged.
Police violently dispersed a rally that drew tens of thousands of protesters on the election night. Some 700 people were arrested, including seven presidential candidates.
Khalip, a 43-year-old journalist, is married to former candidate Andrei Sannikov, who was sentenced to five years in prison on Saturday on similar charges.


Updated : 2021-06-14 12:06 GMT+08:00