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EU Increases Sanctions on Belarus

The European Union has expanded its sanctions on senior Belarusian officials, adding four names to the list of those whose assets are frozen and are barred from traveling to EU nations.

The four officials are judges and public prosecutors who imposed a five-year jail term on opposition leader and failed presidential candidate Alexander Kozulin.

Thirty one other senior Belarusians are already forbidden from traveling to the European Union, including President Alexander Lukashenko.

The EU joined the United States in imposing sanctions on Belarus after Mr. Lukashenko was reelected in March in a vote international observers say was a fraud.

President Bush has called Mr. Lukashenko Europe's last dictator because of his suppression of human rights and free speech.

Mr. Lukashenko has accused the West of interfering in Belarusian affairs.

Some information for this report was provided by Reuters.