Kazulin Not Allowed to Give Warranty of Authority to His Lawyer

2007 2007-02-19T10:00:00+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

On February 16 Ihar Rynkevich met with Alexander Kazulin in Vitebsk prison Vitsba-3. Kazulin was to extend the warranty of authority to the lawyer to represent him. However, the administration of the penitentiary institution refused to notarize the signature of the prisoner under the document.

“I’ve been told that it was a violation of the law and did not correspond to the state interests. This is an obvious violation of the rights of Alexander Kazulin and my rights as his representative. We will definitely appeal against that decision”, -- said Ihar Rynkevich to RFE/RL. He addressed head of the prison Vital Ahnistsikau in a written form, with a request to explain, why he had refused to notarize Kazulin’s signature.

Rynkevich explains, he still remains Kazulin’s attorney. He is authorized to defend Alexander Kazulin in relations with the law-enforcing bodies. The warranty of authority, which the prison administration refused to notarize, dealt with authority to represent the interests of the defendant in relations with political parties, governmental and non-governmental organizations, and private citizens.

According to Radio Racyja, on February 15 the presidium of Minsk regional bar inflicted the second penalty on Rynkevich – for “violation of the working discipline” -- while he is defending Kazulin.

Rynkevich believes this is a political pressure. “The third time, -- he says, -- they can deprive me of the lawyer’s license”.

Rynkevich also explained why Kazulin had not appealed to the Supreme Court with a request about grant of parole: “Alexander Kazulin thinks that it is possible to talk only about setting the judgment aside and complete release. In the near future an appropriate complaint will be sent to Valianstin Sukala, head of the Supreme Court”