According to Belarusian independent media, the former presidential candidate Mikalai Statkevich, in prison since the presidential election in December 2010, has been sent to the punishment cell in Mahilyou prison No. 4 for violating the ”rules of wearing clothes” in penal colony No. 17 in Shklou.

On January 17, Statkevich’s wife Maryna Adamovich visited prison No. 4 in Mahilyou with Statkevich’s lawyer Syarhei Novik. Adamovich met with the prison chief Alyaksandr Lamaza and Novik talked to the political prisoner. According to the lawyer, Statkevich will remain in the punishment cell until January 24.