Lawyer barred from visiting blogger Eduard Palchys in jail, family has no information

The wife of popular opposition blogger Eduard Palchys is still unaware of the whereabouts of her husband.

In late September, Viktoryia Palchys wrote about his disappearance on Facebook. Last week, there were reports that Palchys was serving 30 days in the notorious detention centre in Akrestsin Street, but the information has not been officially confirmed yet.

Eduard Palchys has not lived at his home in the town of Lida since the moment he was sentenced on June 15 to 15 days of arrest for allegedly taking part in Syarhei Tsikhanouski’s rally near Kamarouski market. He was reportedly about to leave the country, but did not show up at the place from which the driver who was supposed to take him to the border.

“The lawyer made four attempts to see his client – on October 1,2,5,6. [Lawyer] Maryia Kolesava-Hudzilina was not let in, the prison administration referred to the coronavirus pandemic and the fact that ‘all offices were occupied’. We do not receive letters from Eduard. Thus, we still have no confirmation that he is actually [in the detention centre] in Akrestsin Street, and we do not know anything about his condition,” the wife says.

Viktoryia Palchys demands her husband’s right to have the assistance of his attorney be observed.

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