Lithuania mulls international trial against Lukashenka

Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis. Photo:

The Lithuanian government is discussing the possible initiation of an international trial against Alyaksandr Lukashenka over his treatment of migrants, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis said on November 26, reports DELFI.

According to him, the first discussions about creating such a working group in the government have already begun.

“I want to emphasize that this is a working group, which will assess how this process should be developed further. We are not talking about an appeal, but the evaluation of the possibility of such appeal,” said Gabrielius Landsbergis.

The head of the Foreign Ministry said there are political grounds for the case, “but it is up to the lawyers.”

“An appeal can be either against Lukashenka or against the regime. One can sue the state. I know that the discussions have just begun. There will be a professional assessment of all possibilities with the involvement of international experts,” said the minister while confirming that the probable evidence in the case is legally documented.

Two weeks ago, heads of parliamentary committees of Lithuania and 16 other European countries appealed to the leadership of the European Union and NATO with a proposal to initiate an international trial against Lukashenka. The heads of the committees, supervising European politics, offer to refer the case of Belarus to the International Court of Justice, since, in their opinion, Lukashenka’s regime has violated the International Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.