Young Front leader convoyed to Vitsebsk

Zmitser Dashkevich has ben transferred to Vitsebsk predetention centre No.2, news agency Belapan reports.

“Convoying is the worst thing that can happen in a prisoner’s life. Last convoy was a real torture for Zmitser and Sannikau who were met in the same “wards of pressure” (a ward in which convicts overpress somebody at an unofficial order of prison administration – Belsat),” his fiancee Nasta Palazhanka posted to Facebook.

She asks to give backing to Zmitser by a postcard, telegram or prayer. His address: Predetention Centre No.2, Gagarin Str., 2, 210026, Vitsebsk, Belarus.

Russian playwright and film director Alexander Adabashyan called president Aliaksandr Lukashenka to release the Young Front leader and other political prisoners.

“Should one extend periods of imprisonment to those who are in prison? Should one worsen confinement conditions to those who anyway suffer various ills? Believe me, these facts will be, mildly speaking, of no assistance to those who, according to their lights, make an attempt to explain that Belarus is a country where wonderful people live,” he said.

Sir Tom Stoppard, a British playwright, director and theatre critic, also voiced his support to Zmitser Dashkevich. He had a picture taken holding in his hands a placard with the portrait of Dashkevich on 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). 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.

He was to go at large in December, 2012 but on August 28 Hlybokaye district court in camera acknowledged Dashkevich guilty of“gross disobedience of 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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