Former employee of the Belarusian Special Forces Igor Makar is ready to testify to the Prosecutor General Office of Ukraine. He spread the audio recordings with supposed officials of Belarusian State Security Committee (KGB) discussing the elimination of political opponents, particularly, journalist Pavlo Sheremet as Suspilne reported.
“Unfortunately, Pavlo Sheremet is no longer with us. The audio recording was made by my anonymous source that stays in the EU. I published this recording now and passed it for publication at EUobserver. They did all possible expert studies. The international expert study was held and it is confirmed….The most important is that a person, the former employee of KGB who has a direct relationship to those people with whom Zaitsev talked (ex-head of Belarusian KGB, - 112.international), stays in the EU country and he is ready to testify at the European Court of Justice and to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine,” Makar said.
He stated that he got the information in 2012 from anonymous sources from the Belarusian KGB. When ex-member of special forces listened to the record, he heard the name of his friend Oleg Alkayev, former head of Minsk detention center and head of the so-called ‘firing group’ that fulfilled death sentences. This person left Belarus in 2001 when he criticized Oleksandr Lukashenko.
In 2007, Pavlo Sheremet published the book of Alkayev ‘Firing group’. After this event, Makar understood that the life of the journalist should be saved. Firstly, he passed the audio recordings to the American special services. Thanks to that, Alkayev is alive, as well as ex-commander of the special forces brigade Volodymyr Borodach and head of the Interior Ministry department on the fight against corruption Vyachelsav Dudkin, whose names were mentioned in the records.
According to Makar, he and his like-minded people did everything to divulge this case, facilitate the completion of the investigation of Sheremet’s murder and prove that the special services of Belarus are involved in it.
Makar reported that he passed the audio records to the Ukrainian law enforcers in December. Officially, there was no questioning but on January 4, the Ukrainian special services contacted him and he agreed for cooperation, including the provision of the testimony to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Ukraine.
On January 4, Belarusian people’s tribunal opposition organization and EUobserver published audio records with conversations of Vadim Zaitsev, the head of the Committee of Security of Belarus in 2008-2012.