French woman faced with expulsion from Belarus

24th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

MINSK, Oct 22 (AFP) - A French woman and a Polish man said on Saturday they faced being expelled from Belarus where they had legally gone to attend a seminar on the European Union.

MINSK, Oct 22 (AFP) - A French woman and a Polish man said on Saturday they faced being expelled from Belarus where they had legally gone to attend a seminar on the European Union.

"The police questioned us and did not give us back our passports," Sophie Wozniak, a French volunteer of the Centre of International Relations in Warsaw, told AFP by phone.

She added that within two hours they were due to be taken to Minsk to be put on a train headed for Poland.

Pole Michal Papina said he represented the Centre of Strategic Studies of Lower Silesia at the seminar taking place in Mozyr in southern Belarus.

Another participant of the meeting organised by a group of young Belarussians told AFP that eight police officers had come to a private house where they were, filmed them, checked their papers and had looked for weapons.

"Then the foreigners and the Belarussians who did not have passports on them were taken to the police station," Artem Bourila said.

Wozniak said she had no problems with her passport, had a visa and had registered her visit.

The regime of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been criticised by the European Union and the Council of Europe over human rights.

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