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Swedish Election Observers Escorted out of Belarus

Published torsdag 16 mars 2006 kl 12.30
A man walks to cast his ballot during the early voting in the presidential elections in a pooling station in Minsk.

The two Swedish election observers taken into custody by Belarusian police on Tuesday were escorted out of the country by the KGB on Wednesday.

The two, who are members of the Swedish Liberal Party, were accused of breaking a law against conducting opinion polls. They were in the former Soviet republic to monitor this Sunday’s presidential elections.

Six Danish election observers were also taken into custody Tuesday and ordered to leave Belarus.

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