Paval Sevyarynets denied parole

The administration of the open-type correctional institution in the Brest region where Mr. Sevyarynets is serving the sentence denied him early release on April 26...

 

Paval Sevyarynets, co-chairman of Belarusian Christian Democracy who is serving a three-year "restricted freedom" and corrective labor sentence, has been denied release on parole.

Paval Sevyarynets

The administration of the open-type correctional institution in the Brest region where Mr. Sevyarynets is serving the sentence denied him early release on April 26.

As the 35-year-old Sevyarynets told BelaPAN, the administration described him as an inmate with a good disciplinary record but decided against his release because he had not admitted his guilt and had not repented.

Mr. Sevyarynets, a prominent national revival activist, lives in the dormitory-style correctional facility in the village of Kuplin, Pruzhany district, and works at a local farm.

On May 16, 2011, Paval Sevyarynets, who was candidate Vital Rymashewski's campaign manager during the previous year's presidential race, was convicted in connection with a post-election protest staged in Minsk on December 19, 2010. A district judge found him guilty of instigating disturbances and participating in them.

In May 2005, Mr. Sevyarynets, along with another opposition politician, Mikalay Statkevich, was sentenced to three years of restricted freedom for staging a series of unauthorized protests in central Minsk in the fall of 2004 against the official results of the 2004 parliamentary elections and national referendum marred by allegations of massive fraud. The sentence was later reduced by one year under the amnesty law.

He also spent two months in detention following an opposition demonstration in April 1998 on a charge of "malicious hooliganism." In November 1998, the authorities dropped the criminal case against him under the pressure of the international community.