Yesterday, on August 12, Mikalai Statkevich, the last imprisoned ex-presidential candidate, celebrated his 57th birthday. At the same time, his wife Maryna Adamovich has been hindered from seeing her husband: only the lawyer was granted permission to visit his defendant. Moreover, the political prisoner has a right to get only one food parcel a year, Ms Adamovich said.
Nevertheless, she considers the meeting as an occasion for rejoicing: “The prison regime limits Mikalai’s contact to the maximum: last year we had only one short meeting being separated by bars and glass. Now I have a right to visit him twice, and I have actually exercised it”.
Ms Adamovich also took an opportunity of passing a food parcel to her husband.
Mikalai Statkevich is still being kept in the detention unit, which brings the number of his contacts to nought. “Usually there is minimum communication in prison. And that’s why the only persons he may see and contact are his guards and a sole cellmate,” the wife stressed.
Ex-presidential candidate, leader of the Belarusian Social-Democratic Party (Hramada), Mikalai Statkevich was adjudged guilty of mass riot organization on December, 19, 2010. On May 26, 2012 the court sentenced him to six-year imprisonment in a maximum security penal colony. Statkevich has still not filed a petition for pardon addressed to president Aliaksandr Lukashenka, and according to his wife Maryna Adamovich, this is the reason for tough measures being taken towards him.