"Terrible precedent for democracy," said the verdict was a former presidential candidate Andrei Sannikov President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Petros Efthymiou. His special statement today press service of the OSCE PA.
Petras Efthymiou expressed concern about restrictions that governments set for the political opposition and Civil Society Belarus:
"Sentences participants post-election protests excessive. They show a lack of respect for the fundamental rights of freedom of assembly and expression, promote fear and self-censorship among the media and Civil Society in the country. "
The President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly also urged the government to reconsider the decision to close the OSCE office in Minsk.