The Supreme Court of Belarus recognized the Civil Self-Defense Units of Belarus a terrorist organization and banned its activities on the territory of the country. This was reported by the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic of Belarus.
“It was established that said association was created in September 2020 for the purpose of carrying out illegal activities; it united radical citizens with the purpose of forceful change of state power,” the press service states.
According to the press service of the Prosecutor General's Office, the units were created under the leadership of a German citizen Denis Hofman, born in 1986. “The purpose of their activity is to unite radical citizens to organize a forceful change of state power and terrorist acts in Belarus,” the Prosecutor General says in his presentation.
The Prosecutor General's Office claims that Telegram chats and channels were created to recruit and communicate with supporters of units, as well as to jointly commit crimes. In them, subscribers were taught to make improvised explosive devices and the tactics of forceful opposition to law enforcement officers.
The court agreed with the statement that the coordinators of criminal activity were citizens of the EU countries and the citizens of Belarus residing there. “Since April 2021, the association discussed and planned to set on fire and blow up buildings, structures and vehicles,” the press service adds.
As it was reported earlier, on August 17 it became known that customs officials of Belarus take away laptops of citizens who were previously prosecuted under the so-called "protest" articles. All seizures took place at the Ukrainian-Belarusian border.