Lithuania may initiate international trial of Lukashenka

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На русском языке: Литва может инициировать международный суд над Лукашенко
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The Lithuanian government is assessing the possibility of initiating an international trial of Alexander Lukashenka, reports. The main reason is the treatment of migrants. This was announced on Friday by Gabrielius Landsbergis, Lithuanian Foreign Minister.

Asked whether Lithuania has begun to take formal steps to arrange an international trial of Lukashenka, Landsbergis said: «As far as I know, the first discussions on the creation of such a working group in the government have already begun, the institutions have begun a dialogue. I want to emphasize that this is a working group that will assess how this process should be developed further, we are not yet talking about appeal, but about assessing the possibility of such treatment».

The head of Lithuanian diplomacy also noted that the international trial of Lukashenka is not only a political decision. This issue still needs to be worked out by lawyers. Appeals to the international court can be both against Lukashenka himself, as well as against the regime and the state. Discussions about this have already begun. «A professional assessment of all opportunities will be given with the involvement of international experts»,– the Minister said.

Recently, representatives of the committees of Lithuania and 16 other European countries appealed to the leadership of the European Union and NATO with a proposal to initiate an international trial of Lukashenka. It was proposed to transfer Lukashenka’s case to the International Court of Justice. In the applicants’ view, the Lukashenka regime had violated the international Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

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