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Belarus activist facing jail over “politically motivated” tax charges

03 November 2011 The Belarusian authorities must immediately release a prominent human rights activist and prisoner of conscience who faces up to seven years in jail on “politically motivated” charges of tax evasion, Amnesty International said today.Ales Bialiatski, head of the Human Rights Centre Viasna (Spring), appeared in a metal cage in a Minsk courtroom on the first day of his trial yesterday.He is accused of ‘concealment of income on a large scale’ held in personal bank accounts in Lithuania and Poland which he used to support Viasna’s human rights work in Belarus. He says the accounts…

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