Zmitser Dashkevich throws a challenge to the system

2012 2012-07-10T18:46:55+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en

In response to the possible instigation of a new criminal case political prisoner Zmitser Dashkevich composed an appeal to the head of the penal colony, which he mockingly called “Acknowledgment of Guilt”.

On 6 July the administration of penal colony #13 in Hlybokaye, where the leader of the “Young Front” Zmitser Dashkevich is serving his prison term, passed materials concerning bringing an administrative case under part 1 of Article 411, “non-abidance by the prison regime”, to the Investigative Committee of the Republic of Belarus. His fiancée Nasta Palazhanka learned it after today’s meeting with Zmitser at the colony.

Almost immediately after his placement in a brigade Zmitser Dashkevich was put in a penal cell for 13 days. As he found later, several days of keeping in the penal cell were added for the alleged violations he had committed earlier. In response to the possible instigation of a new criminal case Mr. Dashkevich composed the following document for the administration of the penal  colony:

Acknowledgment of Guilt

I, Dashkevich D.V., plead guilty in consciously refusing form implementing certain demands of the colony administration which I consider to be unlawful.

In order to facilitate the work of provocateurs, agents and the Investigative Committee, I refuse to execute any demands of the administration of any colony in which I will be kept.

I advise the Belarusian security services to sentence me to a maximal term, provided by Article 411 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus, bringing criminal cases against me in each new colony.

Zmitser Dashkevich,
10 July 2012

If Zmitser Dashkevich is found guilty under this article, another year can be added to his prison term. Bear in mind that he had been sentenced to two years of jail following his detention on the eve of the presidential election of 2012 and the present term ends on 18 December 2012.