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Former Belarusian Presidential Candidate Summoned To Court

Belarusian opposition leader Uladzimer Nyaklyaeu

Belarusian opposition leader Uladzimer Nyaklyaeu

MINSK -- Former Belarusian presidential candidate Uladzimer Nyaklyaeu has been summoned to a Minsk court reportedly to be informed of additional restrictions against him, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

The Nyaklyaeu-led, opposition Tell the Truth movement said on September 8 that the subpoena sent to Nyaklyaeu by Minsk court officials instructs him to come to court on September 9 to "define additional limitation(s)."

Nyaklyaeu's campaign press service said the well-known poet and former presidential candidate wonders "what kind of additional limitations could be discussed."

Nyaklyaeu's statement also says that he is ready to be transferred to a labor camp rather than agree to be put under house arrest again.

Nyaklyaeu, who challenged incumbent President Alyaksandr Lukashenka in the December 19 vote, was given a two-year suspended sentence on May 20 for his role in a protest on election day.

Nyaklyaeu was severely beaten and arrested in central Minsk when some 15,000 people took part in antigovernment demonstrations to protest the announcement of incumbent President Alyaksandr Lukashenka's reelection. Nyaklyaeu was later transferred to house arrest until his trial started in May.

The opposition said the presidential vote was fraudulent and international election monitors described it as flawed.

Hundreds of protesters were arrested at the demonstration and in the following days, including almost all opposition presidential candidates, some of whom have received jail sentences.

The Tell the Truth movement's press service said that Nyaklyaeu considers his trial illegal and he has "a moral right to feel himself a free man and ignore both defined and undefined limitations."

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