Opposition youth leader Dashkevich jailed

Dmitry (Zmitser) Dashkevich, a leader of an unregistered opposition group called Malady Front, was escorted Friday morning to the detention center on Volodarskogo Street in Minsk, where he is to stay until his trial, Nastya Polozhenko, an Malady Front activist, told BelaPAN.

Ms. Polozhenko said that Mr. Dashkevich had been ordered to arrive at the Prosecutor General's Office at 9:30 a.m. for questioning. He was told there that he would stay in the detention center until the trial. "He is aving a meeting with his lawyer Aleksandr Galiyev," Ms. Polozhenko added.

Mr. Dashkevich is a suspect in a criminal case that was opened by the Committee for State Security (KGB) in March against him and three other Malady Front leaders. The four are facing a charge under the Criminal Code's Article 193, which penalizes the "establishment or running of a non-governmental association, a religious organization or a political party that encroaches on the person, rights and duties of citizens, and that has not been granted state registration."