Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

'Teddy bears' border guard jailed

Failing to keep out teddy bears has resulted in a stiff jail sentence in Belarus

A Belarusian border guard has been jailed for two years for failing to protect the ex-Soviet nation from foreign teddy bears.

Belarus Supreme Court said the guard has been convicted of failure to report an intrusion of a light plane that dropped hundreds of teddy bears decked out in parachutes and slogans supporting human rights over the tightly controlled country of 10 million.

The court would not give the guard's name or rank.

Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko, dubbed "Europe's last dictator" in the West, has already sacked several top defence officials over the July 4 incident.

Two Swedish advertising agency employees piloted a light plane into Belarus' heavily guarded airspace in a show of support for Belarusian human rights activists.

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