Dzmitry Kanavalau's family may refrain from any contacts because of threats on the part of security services

2013 2013-03-15T16:10:20+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en

A year ago the death verdict to Uladzislau Kavaliou and Dzmitry Kanavalau was executed. Liubou Kavaliova has been struggling for the right to bury his son ever since.

The parents of the main figure of the case, Dzmitry Kanavalau, still refrain from contacts with journalists.

Pavel Levinau, a volunteer of the Belarusian Helsinki Committee, believes that this is a result of threats on the part of the law machinery:

"In fact, the whole family of Kanavalaus – his elder brother and father, were kept in custody during three months after his arrest. Only his mother was left at large. Most probably, the woman was intimidated. We can only guess what psychical or physical pressure was applied to Dzmitry Kanavalau's relatives. Maybe they were even promised that the death verdict to Dzmitry wouldn't be issued if they kept silent.

During the whole period of the trial and up to the moment of the execution Kanavalau's parents were guarded by people in mufti. Journalists of Radio "Racyja" made repeated attempts to meet with them in Vitsebsk, but to no avail.