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Lawyer not allowed to see Dashkevich

2011 2011-07-28T17:36:04+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Maryana Syameshka, Zmitser Dashkevich's lawyer, and Nasta Palazhanka, the fiancee of the political prisoner, visited the penal colony in Horki on Thursday.

The colony deputy chief did not permit the lawyer to visit her client explaining that Zmitser was in a punishment cell. However, the law allows lawyers to see their clients at any time regardless of the location of the client. Actions by the colony deputy chief are illegal, the Young Front press service reports.

Nasta Palazhanka thinks the prison authorities do not allow the lawyer to see Dashkevich in order she could not notice traces of beating on his body.

“We have information that Zmitser was beaten in the punishment cell. The colony administration was very angry with the fact that information about placing Zmitser in the punishment cell and throwing prisoner Ruslan Ladnou, who had helped Dashkevich, into the punishment cell appeared on the Internet. The colony deputy chief said he was displeased with the dirt thrown at the colony on the Internet,” Palazhanka said.

The chief of the penal colony in Horki, Kavalyou, is visiting a sitting of the Corrections Department in Minsk. Nasta Palazhanka asks journalists to phone to the Corrections Department and talk about the state of Zmitser Dashkevich and the banned meeting with the lawyer: “The lawyer and I remain in Horki. We hope that after the sitting the colony chief will allow the lawyer to see Dashekvich .”


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