Belarusian Prosecutor demands put Andrei Sannikov for 7 years
Prosecutor Andrei Zagorovskiy demanded to sentence presidential candidate of the opposition Andrei Sannikov to 7 years in prison on charges of organizing mass protests that followed the announcement of the vote last December. For these items Sannikova could be sentenced to up to 15 years.
57-year-old Sannikov became one of the seven presidential candidates, who were arrested on 19 December, when thousands of Belarusians took to the streets of Minsk to protest against Lukashenko.
Four former candidates are also on trial in Belarus. Arrests and trials of those who either competed with Lukashenko in elections, or against him - part of a wider assault on people who are in opposition to the authoritarian leader.
Suppression of demonstrations in Minsk, ending the arrests of hundreds of activists oppoztsii, condemned human rights organizations and Western governments.
President Lukashenka, Belarus, ruling since 1994, won election in December, receiving 80% of the vote, but international observers said the election results were falsified.