Former political prisoner decides against coming back to Belarus

Zmitser Bandarenka will stay in Poland, he told Belsat journalists on September 8, 2012 during the celebration of Belarus’ Military Glory Day.
Zmitser Bandarenka, a coordinator of European Belarus civil campaign, has been undergoing rehabilitation in Poland since July, 2012. He was to fly back to Minsk but taking into account a new turn in Belarusian opposition’s persecution the former political prisoner has decided to “have a break” and keep from returning home.
“In the near future – or not so near – I am going to stay in Poland,” the oppositionist explained. Otherwise he takes great risks to be arrested again.
Zmitser Bandarenka, ex-presidential candidate Andrey Sannikau’s aide, was arrested on December 19, 2010, right after the demonstration against election fraud and later sentenced to two years of imprisonment in a minimum security penal colony. Soon after the opposition activist’s arrest his chronic illnesses flared up. In July, 2011 he underwent a spine operation in Minsk clinical hospital №5. He was set free from Mahiliou penal colony №15 after filing a petition for pardon addressed to Aliaksandr Lukashenka.
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