Political prisoner Autukhovich deprived of meeting with wife

2012 2012-07-05T18:21:25+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The convicted entrepreneur from Vaukavysk Mikalai Autukhovich risks losing the right to meet with his daughter and wife planned for the end of July.

BelaPAN obtained the information from human rights activist Aleh Vouchak.

“I hoped that my daughter would come from Poland, and that she together with my wife would come to meet me in the end of July. But it doesn’t always happen as you plan. I don’t know for sure yet, but I was told that there’ll be no meeting in July. I can meet with them only 6 months after the previous meeting. Before, they told me that there were no hinders. I applied once again to check if this is a final decision. Now I’m waiting for a reply,” the entrepreneur wrote in his letter to Volha Mikalaichyk, the director of the movie “A Journey Through an Endless War”, dedicated to Autukhovich.

Vouchak emphasized that during the recent meeting of Autukhovich with his mother, prison guards refused to pass a food parcel she had for her son. The entrepreneur described the incident in his letter: “I understand that they refused to pass the parcel for a reason. Everything had been agreed upon Already before this meeting. But his time they cannot refuse to pass a parcel because by the law, I can receive it after 25 July. But I’ll meet neither with my wife, nor with my daughter.”

“I believe that someone above challenges me, tries to make me do something. They’re fools to think they can press me this way. I will never deny my views and life principles,” Autukhovich wrote in the letter.

Vouchak doesn’t understand why Autukhovich is refused a meeting with his wife and daughter. “Everything went fine until now; he has never received a reprimand from the prison administration. For a couple of months ago, Mikalai wrote to his wife that his conviction regime was going to be changed to a milder. It seems now that someone deliberately aggravates the situation around the political prisoners before the amnesty. Autukhovich is an awarded Afghan veteran with health issues, he should be amnestied. Maybe that is why this nervous atmosphere is created around him, in order to provoke him to do something,” Vouchak believes.

In May 2010, the Supreme Court convicted Autukhovich to 5 years and 2 months in prison for transporting and possession of five patrons for a hunting rifle. On 17 January, in the Ivatsevichy reformatory #5 the entrepreneur was tried and found guilty of a severe breach of the conviction order. Now Autukhovich is in the Hrodna prison #1 in a double cell.

Human rights activists consider Autukhovich a political prisoner and point to major procedural violations registered during the trial.