Angela Merkel is required to answer Lukashenka’s statements about abducted opposition activists

2009 2009-07-07T18:35:04+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/merkel2.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

The leader of the United Civil Party Anatol Liabedzka has addressed the authorities of Germany with a request to help in investigating the abductions of oppositional leaders in Belarus.

For this sake Mr. Liabedzka asks them to answer the following questions:

‘1. Do the law-enforcing agencies of Germany know that supposed murderers of Hanchar and Zakharanka are on the territory of Germany?

2. Have the Belarusian authorities addressed the authorities of Germany with a request to extradite somebody as possible participants or organizers of the assassinations of Viktar Hanchar and Yury Zakharanka, who possibly live in Germany at the moment?’

This address is related to the interview of Alexander Lukashenka published by the Russian newspaper Zavtra. The Belarusian leader touched upon the topic of abducted and assassinated Belarusian politicians there.

In particular, Lukashenka stated: ‘They say there is a lack of democracy in Belarus; that Lukashenka is a dictator, and people are disappearing without traces in Belarus. Three persons have perished, and mass media are still repeating this. Lukashenka has killed them as opponents of the regime. In fact, in two cases these were murders for commercial reasons… Traces of murderers have been recently found in Germany.’

The address has been submitted to the office of Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor.

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