Political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich to be transferred to stricter security prison for 3 years
The political prisoner
“does not strive for freedom and intends to continue his criminal activity”,
the penal colony administration thinks.
The administration of penal colony #17 considers Mikalai Statkevich a “malicious offender” of the rules of serving sentence, who did not mend his way, and demands to transfer him to a higher security prison for three years.
Colonel Yermalitski, the penal colony chief, wrote in a character certificate ahead of the trial against Statkevich scheduled on 12 January. Bear in mind that Mikalai Statkevich was placed into a temporary detention facility and then transferred to cell-type detention facility for a month.
He was declared a “malicious offender” even before he committed “serious violations”. It happened just after “Letters to freedom” were published in the media. Mikalai Statkevich was punished a week after his letters had been published.
“Prison is not the best place, but it cannot make me change my position. I do not admit guilt in the actions, which I am proud of. I thank the people who helped Belarusians to respect their nation,” Mikalai Statkevich, sentenced to 6 years in a medium security penal colony, wrote.