Criminal case opened due to creation of Coordination council by Belarusian opposition

Source : 112 Ukraine

The maximum penalty of this article provides up to five years in prison
16:21, 20 August 2020

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In Belarus, the criminal case on the seizure of power is opened due to the creation of the Coordination Council, as reported citing Prosecutor General of Belarus Aleksander Konyuk.

“The creation and activity of the Coordination Council are aiming for the seizure of the state power and causing damage to the national security of the Republic of Belarus. Due to this fact, the criminal case is opened according to Article 361 of the Criminal Code,” Aleksander Konyuk stated.

The maximum penalty of this article provides up to five years in prison.

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Earlier, Candidate for the presidency in Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya stated that she initiated the creation of the Coordination Council for transfer of the power. It was specified that representatives of the civilian society, respected and well-known Belarusian and professionals will be included in the council.

As we reported, the EU aims to impose new sanctions against Belarusian officials responsible for the brutal crackdown in the ex-Soviet state. The top diplomats from the bloc's 27 member states met on August 14 to review former restrictions against Belarus party leadership that the EU removed in 2016, citing progress in improving the rule of law.

Later, Members of the European Parliament did not recognize the results of the presidential election in Belarus. They released a joint statement, according to which, incumbent President Alexander Lukashenko is considered persona non grata in the EU.

Related: Biden on Belarus elections: U.S. should support Tsikhanouskaya; Russia should not interfere

On August 9, the clashes of the protesters with the law enforcers started in Minsk. The law enforcers used stun grenades and water cannons against the protesters. Later, it was reported that a man died during the protests. A young man received a fatal head injury. On August 10, protests against the results of the presidential elections were resumed in the Republic of Belarus, a flash-noise grenade exploded in the center of Minsk; journalists talked about three volleys at the intersection of Kalvariyskaya Street and Masherov Avenue.

During three nights of protests in Belarus, over 6,000 people were detained; about 500 were hospitalized. Over 40 criminal proceedings were opened. According to Belarusian mass media, the location of some detainees is still unknown.

On August 14, the Central Election Commission of Belarus announced the final results of the election. According to the commission, the incumbent President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko won the election.



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