March 22: The electronic bracelets that chain the Petrenko Group political prisoners have wiretapping function and are freely sold on the Internet. This is stated on a popular Chinese website specializing in the sale of goods produced in China.
Among the products offered for sale are electronic bracelets, the same as those placed on the Petrenko Group political prisoners when they were transferred to house arrest on February 22, after nearly six months in prison.
On the site, the “bracelet for police”
is offered for sale at a price as low as $70. It contains a special chip which can be accessed through GPS and by mobile communication. The waterproof electronic bracelet contains a mobile SIM card and SD card for recording information, with a capacity of 2 GB. The kit also includes a key that can open the bracelet, as well as a headset for contacting and downloading information, using the chip in the bracelet. A speaker and a microphone are built into the bracelet.
The bracelet is sold freely to any interested person who can pay through a bank account or credit card.
It should be noted that on March 18, the Riscani court rejected a request by attorneys for the political prisoners and upheld its own decision of February 22, according to which the political prisoners of the Petrenko Group “were put in these bracelets, which they are required to wear under house arrest.” Alleged “Donbass mercenaries,” transferred to house arrest by the same court after prosecutors involved them in the criminal case of the Petrenko Group to marginalize the political prisoners, were not burdened with wearing electronic bracelets.
Several members and activists of the opposition party Red Bloc, headed by former deputy and honorary member of PACE Grigory Petrenko, have been under arrest since September 6, 2015, after a peaceful protest in front of the General Prosecutor’s Office against the oligarchic regime.
On February 22 — after almost 6 months in detention in a penitentiary — the political prisoners, led by former deputy Grigory Petrenko, were transferred to house arrest.
We publish photos of the electronic bracelets that the political prisoners are chained with, and which are freely sold by Chinese online stores.
Announcement: Next hearing of the Petrenko group
On Wednesday, March 23, at 9:00, the Riscani district court in Chisinau, Moldova, will consider the prosecutor’s request to extend the house arrest of Red Bloc party leader Grigory Petrenko and his six comrades.
We remind you that the political prisoners led by Grigory Petrenko spent six months in prison before being transferred to house arrest on February 22. If found guilty in court, they face up to 8 years in prison for organizing and participating in protests on September 6, 2015, at the General Prosecutor’s Office.
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Translated by Greg Butterfield