Dashkevich: Another criminal case coming soon

The administration of penal colony №13 transferred evidence materials concerning Zmitser Dashkevich, the leader of international youth organisation Young Front to the Investigation Committee, his fiancee Nasta Palazhanka told news agency Belapan.

“Soon after Dashkevich had left a punishment cell he was returned there again to serve the term of 13 days. Later Dashkevich found out that the term was extended for the violations which had been allegedly committed before,” Nasta Palazhanka said after her visit to Hlybokaye penal colony.

According to her, the youth leader may be sentenced for “gross disobedience of orders of correctional institution administration” (Art. 411 of Criminal Code). One year of imprisonment for a rule-breaker is provided for under the article.

“In response to a presumable new case opening Dashkevich sent the prison warden a document which he ironically called «acknowledgement of guilt». He stated that he consciously refuses to fulfil some requirements of the colony administration which he considers illegal. And he refuses to fulfil any illegal requirements in any penal colony,” Palazhanka said.

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). On March 24, 2011 Zmitser Dashkevich was sentenced to two years of imprisonment in a general regime penal colony. In September, 2011 the activist was offered to file a petition for pardon addressed to Alexander Lukashenka but he rejected this proposal.



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