Administration of Colony No 2 See No Reason to Abolish Penalties Imposed on Ales Bialiatski

The administration of the colony thinks that human rights defender Ales Bialiatski “had repeatedly violated the order of serving the sentence” and all penalties were issued to him “strictly in accordance with the Code of Criminal Procedures”.

The administration of the correctional colony No 2 in Babruisk replied to BAJ’s address sent on August 4. August 4 is the day when Ales Bialiatski was arrested in 2011; it’s been two years that he stays in prison for human rights activities. He was sentence to four and a half years’ imprisonment in high-security jail. However, the regime is stricter than it can be – for insignificant reasons. For instance, in August 2012 he was deprived of a short-term and a long-term meeting with the relatives, and he had not received a food parcel for eight months. These penalties were based on several reprimands and warnings: one of them was issued because he had taken a piece of bread with him from the prison canteen; another time he hung up his bed with a sheet; he was also warned because he worked without the label number and that his footwear did not correspond to some norms.

The head of the colony Aliaksandr Kakunin writes that each time the fact of violation was discussed with the prisoner and the prisoner got explanations about the legality of such penalty. There are also written explanations enclosed to the prisoner’s file where he admits having committed the violations. He did not appeal against the penalties, so there are no grounds to abolish them or change them, says the reply.

BAJ can complain against the reply to higher instances, for example to the administration of the correctional facility in Mahilou region, to other higher-ranking officials or to court.

Meantime, on August 7 Ales Bialiatski received a food parcel of 30 kilos, the first one for the last eight months.

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