Dashkevich’s letters burnt in jail


Zmitser Dashkevich, imprisoned leader of Young front, is in correspondence with a lot of people. “His latest letter explained why I had heard nothing from him for such a ling time,” activist Tatsiana Seviarynets told human rights centre Viasna.

“I got his letter dated November 27. He writes:”I am greeting you again – again because the previous letter was burnt. They say that as it was very cold in prison, in accordance with the decree on energy saving we must warm ourselves with help of expedients. And my letters were liquidated.” But we may suppose that other prisoners’ letters were also used for heating-up,” Mrs Seviarynets believes.

As it became known yesterday the political prisoner was forbidden to put on a fur cap in Hrodna prison.

“He received a parcel that will be of use for him in winter, I hope – a sweater, underwear, detergent to wash something in the ward, soap, toothpaste. To my great disappointment, they refused to hand a fur cap over him … were it made of imitation fur they would have taken it,” his fiancee Nasta Palazhanka told Radio Liberty. Later Zmitser explained his defence lawyer that unlike a simulation one a fur cap turns out to be a kind of material item and some of prisoners might steal it.

Zmitser Dashkevich and another activist of the Young Front Eduard Lobau were detained on December 18, 2010. Opposition activists and human rights defenders consider this detention as part of police preventive action performed before the 2010 presidential election. Dashkevich and Lobau were adjudged guilty of especially malignant hooliganism (Article 339, part 3 of the Criminal Code). Opposition activists and human rights defenders consider this detention as part of police preventive action performed before the 2010 presidential election. On March 24, 2011 Zmitser Dashkevich was sentenced to two years of imprisonment in a general regime penal colony. International human rights organisations recognised him a political prisoner.

In September, 2011 the activist was offered to file a petition for pardon addressed to Aliaksandr Lukashenka but he rejected this proposal.

He started serving his term in Horki penal colony (Mahiliou region) but later he was moved to Hlybokaye (Vitsebsk region). Dashkevich was to go at liberty in December, 2012 but on August 28 Hlybokaye district court in camera acknowledged Dashkevich guilty of“gross disobedience to orders of correctional institution administration”. Four months which Dashkevich was to serve under the first sentence has been included in the new one. Thus, now Zmitser Dashkevich is expected to be released on August 28, 2012.

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