Mikalai Statkevich charged again

Now the term of his detention can be extended.

“Today Mikalai had another charge under Part 2 of Article 293 added. Allegedly, he, Tsikhanouski and Sevyarynets were preparing mass actions,” the wife of Statkevich, Maryna Adamovich, wrote. This part of the article provides for a sentence of up to 8 years in prison.

She noted that the previous charges did not allow keeping Statkevich in jail for more than six months, and today it is 198 days that Mikalai Statkevich has been behind bars.

Mikalai Statkevich was detained on May 31. A month later, he became a defendant in the so-called Tsikhanouski case and was held under Part 1 of Article 342 (“Organization and preparation of actions that grossly violate public order, or active participation in them”) of the Criminal Code. The punishment under this article provides for up to 3 years in prison.

The reason for the accusation was the incident in Hrodna on May 29, when during a picket to collect signatures a policeman suddenly appeared on the ground. As a result, Syarhei Tsikhanouski and 9 other people were detained.