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24 June 2021, 13:45

Belarusian prosecution to request legal aid regarding 22 live SS troops from Latvia

MINSK, 24 June (BelTA) – The Prosecutor General's Office will send a request for international legal aid regarding 22 live SS troops to Latvia, Prosecutor General of Belarus Andrei Shved told BelTA.

The official said: “We continue vigorously investigating this case. Today we will provide information regarding the atrocities committed by Latvian SS legions. These punitive structures committed multiple atrocities here in 1941-1945. They carried out the most ruthless reprisals against the civilian population. Today we've identified about 400 Latvian SS troops, who still live all over the world. A request for legal aid regarding 22 live SS troops will be sent to Latvia.”

The prosecutor general specified that corresponding requests are being sent to other countries as well. “We know their addresses and their names,” Andrei Shved said. “We are raising the issue of carrying out the proper procedures in order to prosecute them later for genocide.”

“The atrocities they've committed are beyond normal human comprehension. The investigation team will provide the details to the public. We will forward these atrocities to mass media for an open discussion,” Andrei Shved added.

Previously representatives of the Prosecutor General's Office were quoted as saying that they would soon provide a sufficient body of evidence to the international tribunal in order to start the official recognition of the genocide of the Belarusian nation during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 according to the established procedure. “We are preparing the body of evidence. I think we will put together the first package of documents this year,” the prosecutor general said on 24 June.

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