The term of the political prisoner Mikhail Marynich's imprisonment reduced by one year
Amnesty was applied to Mikhail Marynich. The term of imprisonment for the former minister and embassador was reduced by one year. The lawyer even suggests release on parole, but cannot say when this is going to happen.
Valiantsina Shakhantsova, the oppositionist's lawyer, told Radio Liberty that the term of Mikhail Marynich's imprisonment would be reduced by one year as a result of amnesty. The Prison Administration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs confirmed this information. They also said that the amnesty decision was taken on Tuesdat on 16 August. Thus, the former minister and ambassador has 2.5 years to serve, considering that he has already been in prison for almost 16 months.
Marynich's lawyer Valiantsina Shakhantsova says that this is more than a half of the new term, and so there is a chance for release on parole. The lawyer thinks that the chance is very high. She also said that the state of Mikhail Marynich's health is ok.
We would like to remind you that over the time in prison the former minister and ambassador Mikhail Marynich suffered a stroke and developed an acute problem with his sight. In 2004 Mikhail Marynich was sentenced for having stolen the property of the non-governmental organization that he headed. He did not plead guilty and provided his explanation, claiming that the persecution is revenge on his moving to the opposition camp and the intention to run for presidency in 2006. Amnesty International declared him a prisoner of conscience.