Ales Mikhalevich briefly detained by Polish border guards

Belarusian dissident and a former presidential candidate, Ales Mikhalevich, was detained by Polish border guards when he boarded a plane from Warsaw to London on Monday.

Mikhalevich was put on the Interpol list by the Belarusian authorities, which obliges foreign authorities to detain him. He is accused by the Belarusian authorities of incitement and organizing riots during the mass demonstration on December 19th. He was arrested after the demonstration by the Belarusian police and released in February. Mikhalevich held a press conference to inform he was tortured and forced to sign an agreement to cooperate with the KGB.

Soon after, he escaped to Czech Republic, where he was granted an asylum.

After a brief detention in Warsaw, Mikhalevich was released.


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