Ex-political prisoner threatened with jail

Zmitser Dashkevich who is under preventive police supervision may be sent to prison again for minor violations of regime. The activist had to turn up at Pershamayski disctrict Directorate of Interior.

“I was told they could come three times per night and even engage special forces because, according to them, I was very saucy. I have no idea why all this is being done but it is quite clear that another term for violation of supervision rules is inevitable”, Mr Dashkevich told Belsat TV.

At the end of August Zmitser Dashkevich was released from Hrodna prison.

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Zmitser Dashkevich and another activist of Young Front Eduard Lobau were detained on December 18, 2010; they were accused of beating two local residents. Dashkevich and Lobau might have expressed strong dissent and insisted on their not knowing the alleged victims the both were adjudged guilty of especially malignant hooliganism (Article 339, part 3 of the Criminal Code). On March 24, 2011 Zmitser Dashkevich was sentenced to two years of imprisonment in a minimum security penal colony, Eduard Lobau – to four years of a medium security penal colony.

Opposition activists and human rights defenders considered the detention as part of police preventive action performed before the 2010 presidential election. International human rights organisations recognised them political prisoners.

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 were included in the new one.


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