MINSK, Belarus (February 18, 2013)--A Belarusian court sentenced a border guard who failed to protect the ex-Soviet nation from foreign teddy bears to two years in prison Monday.
Belarus Supreme Court said the guard was 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 wouldn't disclose his name or rank.
Belarus' President Alexander Lukashenko, dubbed "Europe's last dictator" in the West, already sacked several top defense officials over the July 4 incident, in which 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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