Siarhei Kavalenka put into penal cell

2012 2012-08-13T16:21:45+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Siarhei Kavalenka, activist of the Conservative Christian Party BPF from Vitsebsk, was thrown into a punishment cell in Mahiliou penal colony No. 19.

BelaPAN news agency received this information from his wife Alena Kavalenka.

She says she and a lawyer visited the colony on 10 August. They were told Siarhei Kavalenka had been placed in the punishment cell on 28 July, just after a meeting with his relatives. “He was given 9 days in the punishment cells, but later he was left there for seven more days. He will be released only on 14 August,” Alena Kavalenka said.

In her opinion, the opposition activist faced pressure because he continues to refuse to sign a document to admit his guilt. “They insist he should sign it, but he refuses, because he thinks he did not commit anything illegal,” the prisoner's wife says.

According to her, Siarhei complained to the lawyer it's very cold in a cell at night – he has to get up and do physical exercises to warm up.