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Belarus: Human Rights Case Sheet: Youth Leader in Pre-Trial Detention

, Index number: EUR 49/006/2006

Belarusian youth leader, Mikita Sasim, is currently being detained in Baranavichy pre-trial detention centre 6 on charges of draft evasion. On 4 May, he will be tried and, if convicted, he faces up to three years' imprisonment. Mikita has expressed his willingness to do his military service, and Amnesty International believes that his arrest is the latest incident in a series of actions by the Belarusian authorities aimed at intimidating Mikita Sasim because of his political activities in the pro-democracy and human rights movements. If he is sentenced, AI will consider him a prisoner of conscience.

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