Political prisoner Sannikau not allowed to meet with his lawyer again

2012 2012-01-13T17:46:32+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The treatment of the political prisoner becomes more and more cruel.

Andrei Varvashkevich, the lawyer of presidential candidate Andrei Sannikau, visited penal colony Vitsba-3 today, but was denied a meeting with his client. The lawyer was told the reason was an inquiry over Sannikau’s alleged complaint about threat to his life in prison.

Relatives of the political prisoner regard this ground as far-fetched. Neither lawyer nor Sannikau’s relatives have had access to him for over two months.

“Taking into consideration Andrei’s isolation and today’s sentence to Mikalai Statkevich, we can say treatment of political prisoners is becoming crueler and the pressure on them is increasing. The authorities are using a tactics of complete isolation of political prisoners. They probably did not expect that these people would break in prisons, but become moral leaders for everyone,” Sannikau’s wife Iryna Khalip told in an interview to charter97.org.

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