Imprisoned ex-presidential candidate moved to penal colony, reproved for ‘violations’

Two reports have been placed on Mikalai Statkevich for ‘violating the prison rules’ within his two-day stay in Shklou penal colony, his wife Maryna Adamovich said on Facebook.

Last week the imprisoned politician was transferred from Mahiliou prison No 4 to Shklou penal colony No 1.

In the telephone talk with his wife Statkevich said that he was not tired during transportation. According to Maryna Adamovich, the first report was drawn up as the trousers the prisoner had received in Mahiliou prison, ‘violate the established form of clothing’.

The wife is not aware of the reason for placing one more report on Statkevich.

Mikalai Statkevich is the last 2010 presidential candidate to be in prison. The sentence given to Mr Statkevich in 2011 was one of the toughest: six years of imprisonment in a maximum-security penal colony. The reason might be explained by the fact that in his election speech Mikalai Statkevich addressed to the current president demanding “to give back all that you have stolen”. The authorities are trying to embitter Statkevich’s life even in prison putting him to a disciplinary cell or making him share a ward with an AIDS sufferer. However, the former presidential candidate keeps mantaining his innocence and refuses to ask Belarus president Lukashenka for pardon.

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