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In pictures: Trial begins for former White Legion member Andrey Byalyawski accused of possession of rifle cartridge

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(BelaPAN Photo/Syarhey Balay)
A trial began Thursday in Minsk for Andrey Byalyawski, a former member of a now-defunct nationalist organization called White Legion who was charged with illegal possession of ammunition after an assault rifle cartridge was found in a search of his home.
The public prosecutor in the trial suggested that the accused be sentenced to a one-year “restricted freedom” term.
Mr. Byalyawski, an artist by occupation, admitted to the charge. He explained that he had discovered the cartridge in a car that he bought in Rechytsa, Homyel region, in 2013. He said that he had kept the cartridge in a desk drawer as a souvenir and would have gotten rid of it if he had thought of it.
Mr. Byalyawski was detained for two months last year in what was widely known as the White Legion case. He was released from the KGB detention center on his own recognizance on June 2.
In late November, the Investigative Committee dropped the charges against all those accused in the White Legion case and closed the investigation.
The agency said in a statement that the people's actions were not aimed at violently changing of the country's constitutional system or territorial integrity, or at any other criminal acts.




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