Belarus opposition leader released from prison Jaime Jansen at 4:24 PM ET
[JURIST] Belarus [JURIST news archive] opposition politician and former foreign economic relations minister Mikhail Marinich [Wikipedia profile] was released from prison Friday, after having served nearly two years of a two and a half year sentence. Arrested in April 2004 and convicted of theft of equipment the US government provided to his NGO "Business Initiative," Marinich's case has been widely criticized as fabricated [US DOS summary]. A court approved an early release for Marinich because a stroke in prison rendered him an invalid.
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