Political prisoner Mikalai Statkevich to be transferred to stricter security prison for 3 years

2012 2012-01-05T19:09:04+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

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.