The Supreme Court in authoritarian Belarus has sentenced four opposition activists to up to five years in prison on arms possession charges.
Judge Alexei Tetyukhin says the four businessmen who provided support to opposition groups were guilty of keeping rifle cartridges.
The four, arrested in 2009, were acquitted of charges of forming a criminal group and plotting a terrorist attack for lack of evidence.
Defense attorney Pavel Sapelko has vowed to appeal, saying the charges were "completely trumped-up."
Meanwhile, an Associated Press reporter saw police detain six activists protesting the trial Thursday in capital of Minsk.
President Alexander Lukashenko has cracked down on opposition and independent news media after 16 years in power.