Aliaksandr Barankov says his life would be at risk if Ecuadorean court refuses to extend his status as a political refugee
Associated Press in Quito
Tuesday 21 August 2012 07.33 EDT
... Barankov's fate could be decided as early as Tuesday, less than a week after Ecuador granted political asylum to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
Prosecutors in Belarus accuse the 30-year-old Barankov of fraud and extortion. He calls the charges bogus, retribution for having exposed a petroleum-smuggling ring involving senior officials of president Alexander Lukashenko's government, including relatives of the leader ...