Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: World: Europe
Front Page 
World 
Africa 
Americas 
Asia-Pacific 
Europe 
Middle East 
South Asia 
-----------
From Our Own Correspondent 
-----------
Letter From America 
UK 
UK Politics 
Business 
Sci/Tech 
Health 
Education 
Sport 
Entertainment 
Talking Point 
In Depth 
AudioVideo 
Friday, 14 January, 2000, 17:57 GMT
Belarus ex-minister jailed

The Supreme Court in Belarus has sentenced former agriculture minister, Vasily Leonov, to four years in jail and property confiscation for accepting bribes in food and furniture.

Mr Leonov denied the charges, which involved goods worth several thousand dollars.

His lawyer and human rights activists said the trial was politically motivated and had been personally controlled by President, Alexander Lukasheko.

Correspondents say that while in office from 1994 until his arrest in 1997 Mr Leonov criticised the president's authoritarian style of government and resistance to market reforms.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
BBC RADIO NEWS
BBC ONE TV NEWS
WORLD NEWS SUMMARY
PROGRAMMES GUIDE
Europe Contents

Country profiles
Links to other Europe stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Europe stories