Belarus president frees 6 jailed opponents

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Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko
Minsk - Arab Today

Belarus strongman Alexander Lukashenko has released from prison six opposition leaders, considered as the last political prisoners in this ex-Soviet state which holds a presidential election in October, the presidency announced Saturday.

Among the six opponents is Mikola Statkevich, a former presidential candidate imprisoned since 2010, the statement said.

Statkevich's wife confirmed to AFP that he had been freed and was expected to arrive Saturday evening in the capital Minsk.

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