Information that political prisoner Mikalai Autukhovich, who is serving a prison sentence in Hrodna prison No. 1, inflicted serious injury upon himself has been completely confirmed. According to his lawyer, Autukhovich cut his abdomen with a razor blade, but is now doing well.
The political prisoner, as previously reported, appealed a previously imposed penalty to Hrodno Region Prosecutor’s Office, but on September 24 the prison administration said his complaint had been forwarded to the Department of Corrections. However, it remained unknown why the prosecuting authorities refused to conduct an investigation, while, according to Art. 113 of the Criminal Executive Code, the convicted person has the right to appeal against the decision to impose penalties to a superior official, the prosecutor or the court. Thus, if the complaint was sent to the prosecutor, it was his duty to launch a probe, instead of forwarding the complaint to the Department of Corrections.
We also know that an additional complaint has been filed to the Prosecutor of Hrodna Region. The answer has not been received yet.
On September 4, Mikalai Autukhovich was told that the prison supervisors charged him with a violation of the internal regulations. Mikalai Autukhovich was accused of allegedly failing to be in bed after the bedtime signal. Meanwhile, the political prisoner says he strictly observed the prison rules, as he all of his previous penalties were to be lifted in three weeks.