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Belarusian Activist's Prison Term Extended Days Before Release

  • RFE/RL's Belarus Service

Jailed Belarusian activist Mikalay Dzyadok's prison term has been extended by another year just four days before his planned release.

Dzyadok's trial was held inside the prison in the eastern city of Mahileu, where Dzyadok, an anarchist, is being held.

Dzyadok's wife, Valeriya Khotsina told RFE/RL that Judge Ihar Shvedau on February 26 found the activist guilty of violating prison rules and extended his prison term by one year.

Dzyadok's 4 1/2 year prison term on a hooliganism conviction was due to end on March 3.

According to Khotsina, her husband again said in his testimony at the trial that he was not guilty and that "the system based on lies will collapse in the end."

New York-based Human Rights Watch has recognized Dzyadok as a political prisoner.