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New Probe Launched Against Belarusian 'Prisoner Of Conscience'

Belarusian opposition leader Zmitser Dashkevich
Belarusian opposition leader Zmitser Dashkevich
Belarus authorities say a new investigation has been launched against the jailed leader of the unregistered opposition Young Front organization, Zmitser Dashkevich.

Amnesty International has recognized Dashkevich as a "prisoner of conscience," jailed for his political views.

The Belarusian Investigative Committee said the probe was launched over Dashkevich’s alleged “systematic and aggressive refusal to follow the instructions of the penitentiary administration."

If convicted, Dashkevich could receive another year in jail.

Dashkevich and fellow Youth Front activist Eduard Lobau were sentenced to two and four years in jail, respectively, after being found guilty in March, 2011, of assaulting two people in Minsk in December 2010, one day before Belarus' disputed presidential election that resulted in the mass arrests of activists.

Amnesty International has also recognized Lobau as a "prisoner of conscience."

Based on reporting by BelaPAN and Interfax

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