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Apr 18, 2021
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Detainees for plotting assassination of Lukashenka face 12 years in prison

Those detained in the case of the preparation of the assassination attempt on the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and the military coup are giving confessions, said the head of the investigative department of the KGB of the republic, Konstantin Bychek, in an interview with ONT TV channel.

According to him, investigative actions are now continuing. The detainees are in the KGB pre-trial detention center, they cooperate with the investigation. Bychek said that requests were prepared to the competent justice institutions of foreign states for legal assistance for the investigation of a criminal case.

The KGB representative noted that operational-search measures in the case had been conducted for more than six months, and the illegal activities of an organized terrorist group were documented at all stages. According to Bychek, in March, information was received on the arrival of lawyer Yuri Zenkovich from the United States to Moscow. The KGB, in accordance with the existing agreements, contacted the Russian partners and asked about the possibility of the arrival of the Belarusian task force. Upon arrival in Moscow, the Russian partners were briefed on the matter, a set of measures was planned and implemented aimed at joint documentation and subsequent detention.

Bychek stressed that a criminal case was opened under Art. 357 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus (“Conspiracy or other actions to seize power by unconstitutional means”). The sanction of this article provides for a penalty of imprisonment for a term of eight to 12 years.

Earlier it was reported about the detention of two people who were planning an attempt on Lukashenka’s life. In particular, lawyer Yuri Zenkovich and citizen of Belarus Alexander Feduta were detained. The Belarusian president subsequently confirmed the arrest of a group of people who were preparing an attempt on the life of him and his children.

The US State Department stated that they were not involved in any conspiracy to eliminate Lukashenka.

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