Political prisoner Aleh Mazhou free on bail
Political prisoner Aleh Mazhou has been released on own recognizance after spending three months in pre-trial detention. Mazhou will remain under travel restrictions before trial.
The 25-year-old fitness instructor is facing a charge under Art. 293 of the Criminal Code (rioting) for his involvement in the post-election protest held in Minsk on August 9. He was arrested on September 1 and has been held in pre-trial prison No. 1.
On September 17, the country’s leading human rights organizations declared Aleh Mazhou a political prisoner. Human rights defenders stressed that the charges Mazhou faced were politically motivated and linked them to exercising freedom of expression.