(From BBC Monitoring International Reports)
Minsk, 26 August: A new criminal case was opened today against a renowned opposition figure and the chairman of the Business Initiative NGO, Mikhail Marynich. The case was opened under Paragraph 4 of Article 210 of the Criminal Code of Belarus (abuse of office and embezzlement). The new case was launched over a possible theft of computer equipment owned by the NGO. In addition, it was announced that Marynich would be held in custody.
[Passage omitted: background - see report by Belarusian TV, in Russian, 1800 gmt 02 May 04.]
According to Marynich's lawyer, V. Stremkowskaya, the new charge is baseless and …