MINSK, Belarus - An opposition leader in authoritarian Belarus has been sentenced to two years in jail in connection with demonstrations that broke out after a disputed presidential election.
A court in the capital, Minsk, said Thursday that Dmitry Dashkevich was found guilty of assaulting two men.
Human rights advocate Valentin Stefanovich said the charges were "cynically" trumped-up.
Dashkevich heads the ex-Soviet nation's largest opposition youth group, The Youth Front.
More than 700 people, including seven presidential candidates, were arrested during protests after December's election, in which authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko was declared the overwhelming winner.
Four opposition activists have been sentenced to up to four years in jail; 30 await trial.
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