23 January 2018, Tuesday, 19:17

Pavel Sapelka: Unbearable conditions created for Dzyadok


A famous Belarusian lawyer does not believe the political prisoner is a persistent violator of prison rules.

Mikalai Dzyadok has faced what most political prisoners met. The  authorities create unbearable confinement conditions for them. I have strong doubts that Mikalai Dzyadok, Zmitser Dashkeivch and Yauheny Vaskovich violated prison rules and regulations to such a degree to be sent to a maximum security prison,” Belarusian lawyer Pavel Sapelka told charter97.org.

The lawyer says an inmate must deliberately violate prison rules and disobey prison staff to be transferred from a penal colony to a stricter prison:

“I can guess from my experience what an inmate must do and how to behave in a penal colony to be moved to a prison. A penal colony is a place where no one usually has a desire to violate rules. Only those who deliberately behave in this way and deserve such confinement conditions go to a maximum security prison.”

We remind that the court decided to transfer political prisoner Mikalai Dzyadok to a maximum security prison for alleged violations of prison rules and regulations.

Mikalai Dzyadok, Ihar Alinevich and Alyaksandr Frantskevich were involved in the anarchist case. They were accused of organising a procession near the Ministry of Defence building, carrying our an attack on Shangri La casino and the detention centre on Akrestin Street, arson of the doors of a Belarusbank office and carrying out an attack on the Russian embassy.