Arrested Brest activist transferred to Minsk mental hospital for examination

Sharenda family, courtesy photo

On February 22, Brest activist Andrey Sharenda was released from the local pre-trial detention centre after spending 12 days of arrest there.

On Wednesday, he has informed Belsat that his wife Palina Sharenda-Panasyuk was taken to the so-called Navinki from the local detention facility on February, 23.

According to him, the wife is forced to undergo a forensic psychiatric examination at the Republican Scientific and Practical Centre for Mental Health in Navinki resdential area in Minsk.

“I think it is nothing but exerting pressure on a person in order to revenge for her civic stance and make her bend. She does not recognise those who come to question her as investigators and does not give any testimony, because she considers them to be criminals,” Andrey said.

When being in the psychiatric hospital, Palina will not be allowed to receive letters, he added.

On January 3,the police knocked down the door, conducted a search of Sharendas’ place and seized a number of things. Then Andrey was serving a term for participating in a protest rally in November; Palina was detained and taken to the remand prison in handcuffs.

A case was initiated against the woman under Art. 364 of the Criminal Code (‘violence or threat of violence against a police officer’).

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