BELARUS / Detained May 26, 2012
Mikalay Statkevich has been set free on August 22, 2015!
UPDATE: Former Belarusian presidential candidate Mikalay Statkevich was released from prison after being held for nearly five years. President Alyaksandr Lukashenka pardoned him and five others on August 22, 2015.
Mikalai Statkevich ran as an opposition presidential candidate in 2010. He was arrested after attending a peaceful post-election demonstration against election fraud in Minsk. In May 2011, he was sentenced to six years imprisonment for organizing mass disorder. At trial, no proof of violent attacks during the demonstration were presented.