European Parliament wants international tribunal for Lukashenko

Source : 112 Ukraine

Lukashenko is accused of involvement in mass tortures and repressions
19:30, 6 October 2021

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko
RIA Novosti

The MEPs are preparing to increase pressure for an international trial of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, who is accused of involvement in mass torture and repression as DW reported.

“Members of the European Parliament meeting in Strasbourg are poised to demand international prosecution against the disputed president of Belarus for repression,” the message says.

On Tuesday, Lithuanian MEP Andrius Kubilius told Lukashenko must be taken to the International Court of Justice. His position was supported by German MEP Sergey Lagodinsky, who said that "a torture case should be initiated against Lukashenko himself."

Related: Lukashenko pardons 13 political prisoners, including protesters

Thus, MEPs say that Lukashenko personally ordered the illegal arrest and torture of opposition demonstrators who protested against the results of the presidential elections in August 2020. At least 700 of those arrested remain in prison.

“That suggests the demand is likely to make it into a European Parliament resolution to be voted through the full house this Thursday,” DW noted.

Related: Lukashenko calls Polish Bialystok and capital of Lithuania Belarusian lands

Earlier, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko decided in favor of bringing a bill on suspending the agreement between the Republic of Belarus and the European Union on the readmission of individuals, who stay without permission, into the House of Representatives of the National Assembly. 

As we reported, President of U.S. Joe Biden has signed the law on introduction of new sanctions against Belarus. The White House noted that the U.S. Department of the Treasury issues its largest round of sanctions to date against Belarusian individuals and entities. Besides, Canada introduced extra sanctions against Belarus.

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