Political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich has been accused of two violations in just two days of his stay in the Shklou penal colony.
As the prisoner’s wife Maryna Adamovich told the Human Rights Center “Viasna”: “For the first two days he has faced two reports. The first report was submitted for wearing prohibited pants that he received back published in the Mahiliou prison. The other charge dealt with alleged violation of the daily routine, but this only affected Statkevich. I do not know yet what consequences it may have. I hope that everything will be fine. I have to say that judging by Mikalai’s voice I felt that he was in a very good mood, good condition.”
According to Maryna, the political prisoner can phone his relatives once a week. Perhaps their next conversation may bring more details.
In May 2011, the Court of Minsk’s Leninski district sentenced Mikalai Statkevich to six years in prison on charges of organizing mass riots on the day of the presidential election of December 19, 2010.
Mikalai Statkevich is the only presidential candidate who is still in prison. He has repeatedly been offered to write a petition for pardon in the name of Aliaksandr Lukashenka, but he flatly refused to do this.