Charges have been brought against the defendants in the so called coup d’etat case, Kanstantsin Bychak, Head of the investigation department of the Belarusian State Security Committee (KGB), told TV station Belarus 1.
“Four detainees were charged under Part 1 of Article 357 of the Criminal Code (‘conspiracy or other acts committed for the purpose of seizing or retaining state power in an unconstitutional manner’). All of them are giving testimony and actively cooperating with the investigation,” Bychak said.
According to the senior KGB officer, taking operative actions against the alleged conspirators lasted for six months. All stages of the reported illegal activity were recorded, including by technical equipment, he noted.
On April 17, Alyaksandr Lukashenka said that Belarusian opposition activists Alyaksandr Fyaduta, Ryhor Kastusiou, and Yury Zyankovich who were arrested in Belarus and Russia, had been allegedly preparing a coup d’etat and an attempt on him with the help of American special services. This information was then confirmed by the KGB of Belarus and the FSB of Russia. According to intelligence agencies, Zyankovich and Fyaduta consulted with representatives of the United States and Poland and planned to carry out a coup in Minsk on May 9. Lukashenka also claims that the ‘FBI or CIA’ and their accomplices were going to capture one or two children of him and put them in a cellar located in Homiel region. In turn, the United States denied any involvement in the alleged assassination attempt on Lukashenka.
If found guilty under this article, the defendants may be sentenced to up to 12 years of imprisonment.