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Belarusian human rights activists recognized a political prisoner Statkevich

Human rights activists of Belarus found opposition politician Mikalai Statkevich, a political prisoner, announced on Tuesday were not registered by the authorities of the Republic of the human rights center "Spring".

"The politician Mikalai Statkevich detained on suspicion of being involved in crimes under part 1 of article 342 of the Criminal code of Belarus ("Organization of or participation in actions that flagrantly violate public order"). The thirtieth of June, Statkevich had to go free after 30 days of arrest, however the night before his wife Statkevich Marina Adamovich called the investigator and informed about the criminal case... In this regard, the human rights community of Belarus declared him a political prisoner," - said in a statement on the website of the centre.

It also notes that human rights activists demand from Belarusian authorities the immediate release of Statkevich and started the termination concerning it criminal prosecution.

Statkevich was detained in Minsk on 31 may. He went to the Komarovsky market, where he held mass pickets in support of nomination of presidential candidates, several participants of the election campaign, an alternative to the incumbent President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko. The next day the court ruled to arrest opposition politician, to 15 days for participating in an unauthorized mass event.

Presidential elections will be held in Belarus on 9 August. Statkevich planned to participate in a political campaign, however, the CEC refused to register the initiative group, because he has a conviction. Statkevich, who ran in 2010, the presidents of Belarus, was sentenced to six years imprisonment in the case on organization of mass riots after the presidential elections in December 2010. In 2015, he was pardoned by Lukashenka and released. His conviction will be deemed to be repaid in 2023.

Passing the electoral campaign in the Republic is accompanied by the detention of supporters of the presidential contenders, an alternative to Lukashenko. As reported, the interior Ministry, mainly detentions are connected with violation of legislation on mass events and the organization of actions violating public order, but human rights organizations see this as a political motive.