Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of mass street protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko last year, has been sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Babaryka was considered one of the strongest opponents to authoritarian leader Lukashenko, who has been in power for close to three decades.
The lawyer, Lyudmila Kazak was defending Maria Kolesnikova, a key member of a council Belarus’ political opposition set up to push for a new presidential election.
Demonstrations broke out in Belarus after Alexander Lukashenko claimed to have defeated opposition candidate Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and won re-election with 80 percent of the vote on August 9.
Belarus opposition politician Maria Kolesnikova says security officers put a bag over her head and threatened to kill her when they tried to forcibly deport her to Ukraine this week after having abducted her in Minsk. She is still in detention.
Opposition leaders have either been detained or forced to leave the country as massive protests - a first of their kind - gather steam.
France criticises Belarus for forcing opponents of President Alexander Lukashenko into exile, as opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova refuses to be pushed into Ukraine.
Protest leader Maria Kolesnikova is not in police custody, officials confirm after reports that she had been forcefully taken by unidentified people in central Minsk.
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