Belarusian activist stabs his throat throughout a courtroom listening to in Minsk

2021-06-02 08:33:05

In accordance with the group, Steffan Latypov, who’s dealing with allegations of organizing protests and resisting arrest, stabbed himself within the neck in the course of the listening to due to alleged threats from authorities towards his household if he did not plead responsible. He faces an extra cost for fraud which he additionally denies.

“Father, after assembly with you, GUBOPiK [Belarusian Interior Ministry’s Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption] got here to me and warned that if I did not admit my guilt, then I’d be thrown in a cell with hardened criminals and felony circumstances can be launched towards my family members and neighbors,” Latypov mentioned in keeping with Viasna 96 earlier than reducing himself.

The Belarusian Inside Ministry couldn’t be reached by CNN for a remark.

Belarusian opposition chief Svetlana Tikhanovskaya tweeted on Tuesday about Latypov’s case and known as for an finish to the nation’s “state of terror.”

“He was threatened with the persecution of his household if he did not admit himself responsible. That is the results of state terror, repressions, torture in Belarus. We should cease it instantly!”

Tikhanovskaya herself fled Belarus in August final yr following the nation’s disputed presidential elections. Alexander Lukashenko, the nation’s long-time chief who has been described as Europe’s “final dictator,” claimed to have gained over 80% of the vote.

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The election sparked a brand new wave of mass protests in Belarus, with hundreds of individuals arrested. The US and EU declared the vote fraudulent and imposed sanctions on Belarusian officers over the fraud and the brutal crackdown that adopted.

Latypov was detained on September 15, 2020 after he requested for identification from police who had been overseeing the painting-over of a political mural in a courtyard in Minsk, in keeping with Viasna 96.

Viasna 96 additionally mentioned Latypov underwent surgical procedure on Tuesday after he minimize himself and didn’t undergo from injury to important organs.

Latypov is only one of many activists, journalist and protesters dealing with expenses in Belarus.
The arrest of dissident journalist Roman Protasevich and pupil Sofia Sapega sparked a global outrage final week. The pair had been detained after their Ryanair flight touring from Athens to the Lithuanian capital Vilnius was intercepted and compelled to land in Minsk because it overflew Belarus.
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Protasevich has been charged with “organizing mass riots and group actions that grossly violate public order,” from exterior the nation through his Telegram channel.

On Tuesday, Lukashenko introduced throughout a authorities convention that he had informed his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Belarus will examine Sapega, state-run information company Belta reported. Sapega is a Russian citizen.

Belta reported the incident was mentioned between Lukashenko and Putin throughout their latest assembly in Sochi.

“The investigation regarding each individuals will proceed in Belarus. It’s unbendable. I informed the president of Russia about it. I assured him there might be no points with the consuls’ entry [to the arrestees]. I do not suppose they take offense, we do greater than offering info, in the event that they need to meet, they will go forward. It’s a global follow,” Lukashenko mentioned, in keeping with Belta.

CNN’s Sharon Braithwaite contributed reporting.

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