HIV positive put to former presidential candidate’s detention cell
Over the past six months Mikalai Statkevich has been kept in Mahiliou predetention centre, not in prison, his wife Maryna Adamovich said.
Placing a convict in a predetention centre is a Criminal Procedure Code violation, she added. In the predetention centre Mikalai Statkevich is sharing a ward with another prisoner.
According to the politician’s wife, on June 22 she found out that Statkevich was being forced to appeal for pardon again. After his refusal a committed person who had spent several months in a ward for people with AIDS was put to their cell. A new cellmate slashed his wrists soon.
“At the morning check they threw the man into the ward [where Statkevich is doing his time – Belsat] again ignoring his protests, and were keeping him there until all the ward round was engored,” Maryna Adamovich told information company Belapan. After one more suicide attempt the prisoner was moved to another cell.
The Criminal Procedure Code outlaws placing both healthy and infected people, including HIV positives. Earlier Mikalai Statkevich used to share a ward with a TB patient, his wife mentioned.
On June 22, 2012 she lodged a request for sorting out the situation to the General Prosecutor’s Office.
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.