Belarusian authorities deprive former political prisoner of driving license

Leninski district court in Minsk has taken a decision to revoke a driving license of Mikalai Statkevich, a 2010 presidential candidate and former political prisoner, because he refuses to pay fines, the politician said on Facebook.

The heavy fines were imposed on Mikalai Statkevich for his participating in peaceful protests in Minsk. The politician also may face a ban on travelling abroad.

As reported earlier, when Mikalai Statkevich and his wife Maryna Adamovich, were driving from Poland to Belarus overnight into April 12, their car was detained by Belarusian border guards at Byarestavitsa border crossing. They seized two Belsat TV mugs and a car vacuum cleaner which Maryna Adamovich’s son gave to his mother as a gift despite the fact that gifts cannot be confiscated.

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