Mikhail Marynich refused early release

2005 2005-09-23T10:00:00+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On 22 September the Parole Commission of Minsk Prison No.1 again reviewed Mikhail Marynich's case and again refused early release.
Tatsiana, Mikhail Marynich's wife, told Radio Libetry. "Unfortunately, none of the circumstances were taken into account. Neither his state of health nor his good conduct. After that I talked with the prison administration. They said that his conduct is good and they have no grievances against him. Nonetheless, that was the decision taken".
According to Tatsiana Marynich, the lawyer will soon file a petition for paroled release of Mr. Marynich due to his state of health. In the prison the former minister and ambassador had a stroke, his eyesight is much worse now.
Minsk Prison No.1 does not comment the Parole Commission's decision.
Last year in April Mikhail Marynich was arrested and then sentenced to three and a half years in prison for theft. Mikhail Marynich did not plead guilty. He puts the persecution down to political reasons. Amnesty International declared Mikhail Marynich a prisoner of conscience.