Statkevich on hunger strike, refuses to speak during interrogations


Former presidential candidate Mikalay Statkevich has been on hunger strike since his arrest on the night between December 19 and 20.

Mr. Statkevich, who has been held in the detention center of the Committee for State Security (KGB) in Minsk and given suspect status in a mass riot case that the Minsk police instituted over Sunday’s post-election demonstration, has refused to speak during interrogations, Syarhey Martsalew, the politician's campaign manager, told BelaPAN.

A legal counsel hired to defend Mr. Statkevich has confirmed that the former presidential candidate has been refusing food.

Mr. Statkevich is said to be among 17 people suspected of organizing mass unrest, including fellow ex-candidates Ryhor Kastusyow, Alyaksey Mikhalevich, Uladzimir Nyaklyayew and Vital Rymashewski.