Political prisoner Yaromenak freed! (photos)

Uladzimir Yaromenak, an activist of Young Front, has been released today, his wife and friends were meeting him.

In August, 2013 Pershamayski district court found the former political prisoner guilty of violating the rules of preventive surveillance (Article 421 of the Criminal Code of Belarus) and sentenced to three months of arrest for violating the rules of preventive supervision. In November, 2013 Minsk city court upheld the sentence. On December, 11 Mr Yaromenak was placed under arrest.

In January 2011, being adjudged guilty of participation in mass events after the 2010 presidential elections Uladzimir Yaromenak was sentenced to three years of imprisonment in a medium-security penal colony. In August 2011 the activist was released on parole. Being under preventive supervision, he appeared in court twice. On April 27, 2012 Mr Yaromenak was sentenced to 7 days of arrest for alleged petty crime, on January 24, 2013 court found him guilty of violating the rules of preventive supervision.

The Belarusian authorities use the system of preventive supervision over former political prisoners to keep them ander control and force them to opt out of social activism, human rights defenders reiterate.


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