Mikalai Statkevich, sentenced to 6 years


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. 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 2005 the politician was sentenced to three years of correctional treatment for organization of the opposition protest after the referendum on the perliamentary elections. In July, 2007 he was set free on parole.

Mikalai Statkevich was arrested on December 20, 2010 and later sentenced to 6 years of a maximum-security penal colony. At the current moment he is kept in prison №4 in Mahiliou.

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