Ex-policeman Dzmitry (Zmitser) Kulakouski has been sent to pay the penalty imposed on him under a criminal article immediately after spending half a month in jail. He is again recognised as a political prisoner, human rights centre Viasna reports.
Dzmitry Kulakouski was accused of publicly insulting an official (Article 369 of the Criminal Code) and sentenced to two years of restriction of liberty.
The man was arrested in his own flat in Minsk on May 20; a day later, he was placed in the detention facility for 15 days for allegedly showing disobedience (Article 24.3 of the Code of Administrative Offences). After the previous incarceration, Zmitser’s diabetes got worse. His kidneys hurt, his feet are very swollen, and his ulcers are multiplying. If they are not healed, he is at risk of amputation. To bring his condition to the attention of doctors, he swallowed a spoon.
However, on the last day of his being in custody, June 4, Kulakouski was transferred to correctional facility Nr 7.
Dzmitry Kulakouski had worked in the police force since 2006; he headed the criminal investigation office in Zavodski police department of Minsk. He has professional awards and commendations from the leadership. After the election of 2020 and August 9, he stated that he disagreed with the authorities’ actions and resigned.
Last October, he was serving a 12-day term for allegedly risisting a police officer. In protest against the terrible conditions in the punishment cell, where he was held for almost a month, he swallowed four metal things.