In the beginning of August, the court made a verdict on Statkevich’s “arrest in absentia” for 15 days, so it’s unclear how long he will stay in detention, his wife noted.
Statkevich was accused of participating in an unauthorized rally in Minsk on July 3. On Belarus’s Independence Day, around 200 people went on a rally against joint military drills West-2017 with Russia. The opposition leader called for another rally in the beginning if September.
Statkevich was a presidential candidate in Belarus in 2010. After the elections he accused Alexander Lukashenko of electoral fraud. He was arrested and imprisoned for 5 years. After his release in 2015, Statkevich announced his intention to continue political struggle.