‘Violating public order’. Criminal charge filed against former political prisoner

The Belarusian authorities opened a criminal case under Art. 342-1 (organising actions that grossly violate public order) against politician and 2010 presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich, his wife Maryna Adamovich said on Facebook.

Толькі што стала вядома, што Мікола Статкевіч, які заўтра павінен быў выйсці на волю, "затрыманы па падазрэнню у…

Opublikowany przez Marinę Adamovich Poniedziałek, 29 czerwca 2020

It is still unknown which events or acts gave ground for initiating the criminal case.

Mikalai Statkevich has been under arrest since May, 31. On that day, the former political prisoner was rounded up by plainclothes men when he was going to a picket to collect signatures for wannabe presidential candidate Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya. On June 1, the opposition politician was punished with administrative detention (15 days in custody). Two weeks ago, a Minsk court sentenced Statkevich to another 15-day jail term.

The same charge was brought against the defendants in the so-called Tsikhanouski case as well TG channel admin Ihar Losik. The above article may carry a punishment of up to 3 years in prison.

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