Chairman of the European Parliament demands release of journalist Andrzej Poczobut

In Strasbourg, the European Parliament at a meeting of its president Jerzy Buzek called on the Belarusian authorities to immediately release from custody of the chairman of the main board of the unofficial Union of Poles in Belarus, a correspondent for the Polish "Gazeta Wyborcza" Andrzej Poczobut.

"I demand that the authorities in Minsk immediate release Andrew Pochobut from custody. Sentenced to 15 days in jail <…> is a sign of continued pressure on the citizens having the courage to think differently, and talk about it openly, "- quoted Buzek "Polish Radio for abroad."

"Europe is with you, Andrew", — assured Buzek.

Poland's president said that Bronislaw Komorowski coordinates the optimal response to the verdict Pochobut with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and several non-governmental organizations.

February 11 court of October district of Minsk Pochobut sentenced to 15 days of administrative arrest for participating in an unauthorized protest in the Belarusian capital on December 19 2010. The decision on his case was given by Judge Natalia Protasavitskaya, included in the travel ban list.

Andrew Pochobut while explained that on December 19, he worked as a journalist in Minsk. January 13 for taking part in the action, he was fined 50 basic units, but prosecutors appealed the verdict, arguing it is too soft. Pochobut before the arrest had to tell on his blog about the interrogation methods of exhibition space in the Belarusian KGB.

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