The punitive measure for Autukhovich was replaced by a tougher one: he is to be moved from the penal colony to a prison where conditions of confinement are much more severe. Autukhovich is found guilty of persistent violations of custodial control rules. Such verdict was attained in the session of court which took place in the colony of Ivatsevichi on January 17, 2012.
“Autokhovich will have to serve the rest of his penitentiary term in a prison,” his former defence lawyer Pavel Sapelka said. While serving his term in the penal colony Mikalai Autukhovich has been subjected to disciplinary action more than ten times. In Sapelka’s opinion, Autukhovich will be moved to Prison No. 1 in Horadnia.
Before the session of court Autukhovich informed his companions of his readiness to any scenario. Besides, in the letter he continued telling about colony realities and expressed his thanks to all people supporting him.
“I protest because I take life just the way it is. The authorities are eager to show it distorted. I want then to know that not anyone gives up after being treated unlawfully. Making an animal of man is not in their power. I do not sell out. I was, I am and I will be a human being. I do not leave the evil unnoticed and I will not hold my tongue,” the political prisoner stated.
In May, 2010 the Supreme Court of Belarus sentenced Mikalai Autukhovich to five years and two months of imprisonment in a medium security penal colony under the Criminal Code’s Article 295, which penalizes the illegal handling of arms, ammunition and explosives, because of five hunting rifle cartridges found in his safe.
Opposition activists and human rights defenders believe that the charges against Mr. Autukhovich were trumped up in revenge for his criticism and corruption accusations.