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Jailed Belarusian Activist Faces Term Extension

MINSK -- Jailed Belarusian activist Mikalay Dzyadok is facing an extension of his prison term.

Dzyadok's wife, Valeriya Khotsina, said on February 18 that her husband will face trial on February 25 inside the penitentiary in the eastern city of Mahileu where he is being held.

He was charged with violating the penitentiary’s rules.

If Dzyadok is found guilty, his prison term could be extended by up to one year.

Dzyadok, an activist of an anarchist group, is serving a 4 1/2 years prison term for hooliganism. It is expected to end on March 3.

Dzyadok, who insists he is not guilty, has refused to ask for clemency.

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

With reporting by

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