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Belarusian blogger still in jail after serving two terms

Ales Sabaleuski (Committee to Protect Journalists/Released)

This article was originally published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and is reprinted with permission.

Belarusian blogger Ales Sabaleuski remains in jail despite completing a second term, the Mayday Team Telegram channel said on January 8.

Sabaleuski was initially arrested and handed a 10-day jail sentence on unspecified charges on December 12.

While serving that term, he was charged with what authorities called distribution of extremist materials and his jail term was extended until January 6.

However, Sabaleuski was not released then.

The regime led by authoritarian ruler Alyaksandr Lukashenka often files serious criminal charges against independent journalists, bloggers, and activists after holding them beyond their original sentences.