Political prisoner Aleg Mazgou released

Aleg Mazgou / Relax.by

The human right center Viasna reports that political prisoner Aleg Mazgou, a defendant in the case under Article 293 of the Criminal Code (“Mass Riots”), was released from custody after three months of imprisonment.

Mazgou remains a defendant in a criminal case. He cannot leave the town.

Before the arrest, the 25-year-old athlete Mazgou worked in Minsk as a fitness trainer, he also did boxing. Aleg took a second job as a loader to make repairs at home and prepare for the birth of a child. He was detained on September 1 for participating in a rally on August 9. He was held in custody in Valadarski Street.

On September 17, the Belarusian human rights community recognized Aleg Mazgou as a political prisoner. Human rights activists consider his accusation under Article 293 of the Criminal Code (“Mass Riots”) to be politically motivated persecution violating his right for freedom of peaceful assembly and expression of his opinion on the announced results of the presidential elections in Belarus. Ten human rights organizations in Belarus demanded that the authorities immediately release political prisoner Aleg Mazgou from custody and stop his criminal prosecution.

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