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Belarus Opposition Activists Quizzed Over Courthouse Arson

Former presidential candidate Uladzimer Nyaklyaeu raises his hands as he leaves the court building in Minsk on May 20.
MINSK -- Police in the Belarusian capital have detained three activists from the opposition European Belarus group over an arson attack on a courthouse where opposition trials have been taking place, RFE/RL's Belarus Service reports.

Police said the activists were detained for questioning about an arson attack early on May 15 against the Justice House in Minsk.

European Belarus coordinator Veranika Lazouskaya told RFE/RL that activists Andrey Molchan and Andrey Bazhyn are currently in Minsk's Moscow district police department. The whereabouts of the third, Danila Hancharou, and the circumstances of his arrest are unclear.

Lazouskaya said police searched Bazhyn's and Molchan's apartments on May 26 and confiscated their personal computers and some documents.

Minsk police have questioned many European Belarus activists since the May 15 attack.

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