On June 2, Pavel Latushka, the head of the People’s Anti-Crisis Administration and member of the board of the opposition Coordination Council, filed a complaint against Alyaksandr Lukashenka to the Warsaw Prosecutor’s Office.
In the paper, the appellants make mention of voicing threats of physical violence and prepping an act of international terrorism.
“The regime’s repression against Belarusians and foreign citizens is the thing that is definitely beyond the legal framework. There is information not only about threats, but also about the orchestration of actions targeted the democratic forces outside Belarus, including liquidation. My complaint is symbolic, I am submitting it in an attempt to protect all Belarusians whom they are trying to get after abroad,” Latushka said.
The PACA leader stressed the need to inform Polish prosecutors about the feasibility of planning and committing crimes by Alyaksandr Lukashenka, Mikalai Karpyankou, Ivan Tsertsel, Ryhor Azaronak, Aleh Haydukevich, other Belarusian officials and propagandists. It is not ruled out that the representatives of the Lukashenka regime might be developing a special operation in order to abduct him in Poland, take to Belarus and deprive of liberty, Pavel Latushka believes.
According to him, lodging the complaint is also aimed at warning all those nurturing criminal plans against the citizens of the imminence of legal consequences: the perpetrators will be prosecuted under the laws of many states and in many countries of the world, the politician added.
Pavel Latushka is a former minister of culture of Belarus; he also served as Belarus’ Ambassador to Poland and France. In March 2019, he was appointed director of the Yanka Kupala National Academic Theatre. He lost his job after he openly supported anti-government protesters, including his subordinates who took part in rallies, and condemned police abuse and violence against dissidents.
Pavel Latushka also joined the board of the Coordination Council which was set up by Tsikhanouskaya and her associates as part of taking urgent measures to restore law and order in Belarus as well as to ensure the transfer of power in the country. Belarus’ Prosecutor General opened a criminal case over establishing the Council, naming it a ‘threat to national security’. In early September, Belarusian special services gave Latushka an unpleasant choice: either he leaves the country, or a criminal case will be instituted against him. Since late October, he has been in charge of the People’s Anti-Crisis Administration (PACA) in exile.
In mid January, Latushka said in a video message that the Belarusian opposition was going to push for recognising the Lukashenka regime as terrorism on the global stage.