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belarus

Released on bail after Teddy Bear Stunt

Published lördag 18 augusti 2012 kl 16.03

Belarus on Friday freed on bail two men accused of helping a Swedish PR firm who illegally flew into Belarusian territory to release teddy bears carrying human rights messages.

The two men, a journalist and an estate agent, each risk up to seven years in jail after being listed as suspects in aiding and abetting the flight.

They have been freed on bail after signing undertakings not to leave the country, which is under sanctions imposed by the European Union over its treatment of political prisoners.

In the stunt last month, three members of the Swedish advertising agency illegally flew a plane into Belarusian airspace and dropped 800 teddy bears attached to little parachutes carrying signs calling for freedom of speech and human rights.

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