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Wednesday, 28 January, 1998, 23:03 GMT
Two Belarussian journalists sentenced for border violations

A court in Belarus has sentenced two journalists to suspended prison terms of eighteen months and two years for illegally crossing the border between Belarus and Lithuania.

The two are Belarussian citizens, but work for Russian Public Television.

After the verdict, one of them, Pavel Sheremet, said that -- in effect -- the sentence was delivered not by the court, but by the Belarussian President, Alexander Lukashenko, who's frequently complained of bias by journalists working for Russian media.

The arrest of the two journalists last July prompted President Yeltsin to delay for two months an invitation to MrLukashenko to visit Moscow.

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