No pardon for Zmitser Bandarenka

2012 2012-02-09T18:04:39+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

A lawyer has visited Zmitser Bandarenka in the Mahiliou penal colony today.

Volha Bandarenka, the wife of the coordinator of European Belarus civil campaign, also visited the colony.

Volha said to website the penal colony would not petition to Aliaksandr Lukashenka for pardoning Zmitser Bandarenka.

This decision was taken by the parole board on 8 February.

“It's obvious they do not want to free political prisoners. I did not expect a positive solution, but I would be happy to be mistaken. It became clear that the pardon application, which the authorities demanded, do not play a role,” Volha Bandarenka said.

Zmitser Bandarenka phoned his wife Volha on 4 February and said he had applied for a pardon. The political prisoner said he signed the application on 1 February.

Zmitser Badnarenka has serious problems with health. On 30 January, new strict rules were applied to him, though he underwent a difficult spinal surgery. He cannot use a walking stick and wear orthopedic shoes.

Zmitser Bandarenka, an election agent of presidential candidate Andrei Sannikau and coordinator of the “European Belarus” civil campaign, was sentenced to 2 years in a minimum security penal colony on 7 April. After the arrest, he was diagnosed with spinal disc hernia and spinal nerve entrapment. On 25 July he was taken from the Republic Prison Hospital to 5th hospital and operated.