21 June 2018, Thursday, 21:01

Mikhail Zhemchuzhny Broke the System


Political prisoner will not be imprisoned.

The administration of Barysau colony No. 14, the place where Mikhail Zhemchuzhny is held, withdrew its application for an institutional treatment for the political prisoner.

The hearing on this case was planned on April 21 in the Barysau District Court, spring96.org writes.

However, Barysau civil rights defender Tatstsiana Revyaka informs that the political prisoner was not taken to court; representatives of the colony did not appear there as well.

It became known that the administration had withdrawn its application to the institutional treatment. The verdict will be delivered soon.

Judge Jauhen Manysheu granted the submission of the correctional facility, the proceedings are terminated.

The first court hearing on the case took place on March 2 in the territory of correctional facility No. 14, despite preliminary applications delivered by human rights defenders Pavel Sapelka, Valyantsina Stefanovich, Aleh Matskevich and Tatstsyana Revyaka to be present at the open hearing, they were not allowed there.

It was explained with the necessity of a permission of the State Department of Corrections to be present in the territory of the colony.

The second hearing was closed and was held on March 23. Some of motions filed by the prisoner were granted by Judge Jauhen Manysheu,

Including a motion to call and interview prisoners, who testified that Mikhail Zhemchuzhny had allegedly violated some rules, and he was subject to disciplinary action, as well as to question the staff of the colony, who had drawn up protocols on him.

In July 2015 the founder of Innovation Platform Mikhail Zhemchuzhny was sentenced to 6 years in the maximum security penal colony.

After consideration of the appeal in October Judicial Chamber on Criminal Cases of the Supreme Court upgraded punishment - six and a half years in prison.

He was found guilty of offences under Art. 376 (Part 1 and 2), Art. 16, para 5, Art. 375 (Part 1) and Art. 431 (Part 1 and 2): incitement to willful disclosure of official information; illicit purchase and sale of special equipment for surreptitious obtaining of information, including bribing and re-bribing.

Belarusian civil rights defenders have recognized him as a political prisoner.