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Jailed Belarusian Activist Transferred To Minsk Detention Center

MINSK -- Jailed Belarusian opposition activist Andrey Bandarenka has been transferred from a labor camp in Babruisk to a Minsk detention center while his case is being reviewed, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Bandarenka's lawyer, Zmitser Laeusky, told RFE/RL that he plans to meet his client soon to get more information about his health condition.

Laeusky said Bandarenka -- a member of the United Civic Party -- has been sent to solitary confinement at the labor camp three times since November for refusing to "agree with his verdict."

Minsk's Pershamaysky District Court found Bandarenka guilty of financial mismanagement and sentenced him to seven years in jail in October. He pleaded not guilty and said the charges were retaliation by Belarusian authorities for his taking part in parliamentary elections in 2008.

On December 15, the Minsk City Court annulled the verdict against Bandarenka and sent it back to the Pershamaysky District Court to be reviewed. The court is due to review Bandarenka's case on February 1.