This opinion was expressed by former lawyer Pavel Sapelka.
He said in an interview with Belsat TV that Belarusian political prisoners received the status of “persistent violators of prison rules”. “I am more than certain that they abide by prison rules like other inmates,” the lawyer says.
“Every time when political prisoners are transferred to a maximum security prison I say they increase the probability of being tried over article 411 of the Criminal Code and getting additional prison terms,” Pavel Sapelka adds.
It should be reminded that Mikalai Dzyadok, who was sentenced to 4.5 years in a minimum security penal colony in the anarchist case, will be transferred to a maximum security prison following a court decision. The trial was held in penal colony No. 17 in Shklou on December 4.
Mikalai Dzyadok earlier wrote in letters that members of the board in the penal colony said he “doesn't mend his way and continues to influence inmates negatively”. The board decided to sent Dzyadok's file to a court to consider his transfer to a maximum security prison.