Belarus police torture opposition activist with electric shocks – Statkevich

Syarhei Kuntsevich, an associate and friend of opposition politician Mikalai Statkevich, was subject to electric torture in jail.

Former political prisoner Statkevich, who disclosed the fact of torture to journalists, considers it as methods of Nazi Gestapo.

About 30 persons – former members of the defunct sports and patriotic organization White Legion, state-authorized sports and military club PatriotYoung Front activists as well as people who are not associated with any organizations, landed up in jail after Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s words about ‘armed militants’ posing a threat to Belarus.

Sixteen people are still in pre-trial detention, including Syarhei Kuntsevich, an activist of the Social Democratic Party and member of the opposition Belarusian National Congress.

“At the end of 2010, many people in the KGB detention center and all political prisoners experienced being put in punishment cells, which is also torture. But using electric shocks is nothing but Gestapo methods,” Statkevich stressed.

Kuntsevich was detained in the run-up of Freedom Day rally in Minsk, he is now being kept in the predetention centre of the Interior Ministry. He is accused of preparing mass riots. According to Mikalai Statkevich, his associate is information-deprived: neither newspapaers nor letters are given to him.

Last week, White Legion former leader Syarhei Chyslau aka Bulba claimed the defendants in the case were tortured in prisons. Some of them were released due to odds of dying from being beaten.

According to Bulba, detainees are not only beaten in the KGB detention centre; they are allegedly forced to take psychotropic drugs.

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