Opposition leader Mikalai Statkevich briefly detained at border checkpoint

2017 2017-12-12T12:21:50+0300 2017-12-12T12:24:02+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/statkevich-kaidanki-1.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Mikalai Statkevich wearing handcuffs after his detention on 12 December 2017

Mikalai Statkevich wearing handcuffs after his detention on 12 December 2017

Belarusian border officers have detained Mikalai Statkevich, leader of the opposition National Congress, as he was leaving the country together with his wife Maryna Adamovich this morning.

Mikalai was asked to leave the car and handcuffed without explanation. They say they “have orders."

Marina Adamovich

Statkevich says the detention is linked to an administrative sentence he hasn’t yet served.

After about 40 minutes, the handcuffs were removed. The politician returned to his car and was allowed to leave the country.

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