Dziadok to continue serving term in closed prison

Mikalai Dziadok who was sentenced to 4.5 years of imprisonment in a minimum-security penal colony for alleged participation in anarchists’ actions is to be transferred to a closed prison, the court decided at its visiting session in Shklou penal colony No 17.

Having obtained the information from the defence lawyer, Aliaksandr Dziadok, the political prisoner’s father, is still not aware of the details of the hearing.

In accordance with the decree of the penal colony commission the convicted “failed to mend his way and keeps going ill with other prisoners” and as a result the commission resolved that his case would be taken to court, Mikalai Dziadok said in the letter to his friend Aliaksandr Yarashevich earlier.

According to the information provided by Mr Yarashevich, in the penal colony Dziadok was reprimanded 22 times. Aliaksandr Yarashevich puts the colony administration’s actions down to the fact that Mikalai repeatedly refused to address a petition for pardon to president Aliaksandr Lukashenka and continues producing his innocence.

In May, 2011 three anarchists were sentenced to different terms of imprisonment. They were adjudged guilty of arsoning the Russian Embassy building in Minsk. On August 30th, 2010 unknown perpetrators threw Molotov cocktails at the Russian embassy building. As a result, an embassy employee’s car was damaged. Anarchists were also charged with attempt to burn the Ministry of Defense building, Minsk’s casino Shangri-la, Minsk-Moscow bank, and a building of the Trade Unions Federation.

Three defendants were sentenced to imprisonment in high-security correctional institutions: Igor Alinevich to 8 years, Mikalai Dziadok to 4.5 years, Aliaksandr Frantskevich to 3 years. They did not plead guilty to the charges.


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