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Belarus jails Lukashenko foe Babariko for 14 years in ‘sham’ trial

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By Maria Kiselyova and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber MOSCOW (Reuters) -A court in Belarus jailed former presidential contender Viktor Babariko for 14 years on Tuesday after convicting him on corruption charges he denied, sparking condemnation from the West and the embattled opposition-in-exile. Before his arrest last June, opinion polls suggested Babariko, 57, was veteran leader Alexander Lukashenko’s main rival ahead of a presidential election which the opposition says was rigged last August to prolong Lukashenko’s long rule. In power since 1994, Lukashenko claimed a landslide election victory an…

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