Ales Bialiatski released!

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Prominent Belarusian human rights activist, Vice-President of FIDH and President of Human Rights Centre “Viasna”,  Ales Bialiatski has arrived in Minsk after he was released from prison.

He was welcomed at a Minsk train station by his wife Natalya Pinchuk, his collegues, friends and journalists.

Ales Bialiatski told reporters he was released under an amnesty law that came into force on June 21.

Ales Bialiatski was sentenced to 4 and 1/2 years in prison in November 2011. He was convicted of tax evasion.

The charges stemmed from Bialiatski’s reported use of personal bank accounts in Lithuania and Poland to receive funding from international donors in support of his human rights activities in Belarus. Ales pleaded not guilty and his supporters said the charges against him were politically motivated.

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