Mikalai Statkevich takes things on the chin; he is deeply touched by people’s support, his wife Maryna Adamovich says.
Statkevich’s custody pattern was eased at last, which gave him a right to be visited by his wife more than once a year. After being informed of the cleared way for the meeting, Maryna Adamovich hastened to get to Mahiliou prison where the ex-presidential candidate is serving his term.
“It was a real Christmas miracle. Firstly i got to know about a potential meeting in the morning, and within three hours I arrived in Mahiliou! Our meeting lasted two hours,” she said.
Statkevich would like to express gratitude to all people backing him up and brave young guys defending the honour of Belarusians and our country at the cost of their freedom and health.
Mikalai Statkevich asks not to forget those who are behind bars on these holidays, Maryna Adamovich says. “He was very pleased ad hearing the news about Zmitser Dashkevich and Nasta Palazhanka’s marriage. He congratulates them and hopes they see each other at liberty soon,” she stressed.
According to the political prisoner’s wife, he is still being kept in the pre-trial detention centre. Statkevich reads a lot, goes in for sports and has no complaints of confinement conditions. He heard the salute fired in his honour on December 19, 2012 and asked to convey his thanks to “the gunners”
Statkevich has still not filed a petition for pardon addressed to president Aliaksandr Lukashenka. This might be the reason for tough measures being taken towards him. In January 2012, Statkevich was transferred from the penal colony to a closed prison where conditions of confinement are much more severe. Such verdict was attained in the session of court which took place in the colony of Shklou on January 12, 2012.
In December 2011 Statkevich was sent to a punitive confinement due to a ridiculous mistake in the list of his personal effects: the politician qualified nose-wipers as “hygiene products”. There three warnings were issued for him not having a prisoner’s tag. After leaving the confinement Statkevich was placed in a close ward being accused of fight provoking. On the basis of these events a special commission gathered to define what measures should be taken.