MINSK, 17 November (BelTA) – The Investigative Committee has classified actions of Polish law enforcement personnel against refugees at the Belarusian-Polish border on 16 November as a crime against peace, representatives of the Investigative Committee of Belarus told BelTA.
Belarusian investigators continue working at the site of the incident near the Belarusian border checkpoint Bruzgi and in the checkpoint. The investigators and representatives of the Grodno Oblast branch of the State Forensic Examination Committee spent the night examining the scene. Multiple objects were collected, including metal and plastic pieces of ammunition rounds, grass, and soil with traces of toxic and irritant substances. The collected objects will be subjected to various forensic studies. The victims and witnesses are being questioned. Video records of how the Polish side used special gear and ammunition were collected.
The site of the incident is still being examined in day light. Investigative and procedural actions continue with those, who have applied for medical aid due to being exposed to toxic substances.
Belarus' Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case in line with article 128 of the Criminal Code (Crimes against peace. Mass acts of violence due to race and ethnicity).