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29 November 2021, 13:20

Investigation launched into refugee death at Belarusian-Lithuanian border

MINSK, 29 November (BelTA) – Circumstances of the death of a migrant in Shchuchin District, Grodno Oblast are being investigated, representatives of Belarus' Investigative Committee told BelTA.

The lifeless body of a migrant with bodily injuries was found by a border patrol in a forest near the village of Ivache, Shchuchin District, Grodno Oblast on 28 November 2021. The bodily injuries indicate that violence had been used against the refugee.

An investigation team was dispatched to the site of the incident. The site was examined and various kinds of evidence were recorded, including signs that the body had been dragged from the Lithuanian territory into Belarus.

Articles of clothing and household items, including foodstuffs with Lithuanian labels, were collected at the site. The foodstuffs indicate the refugee had been in the Lithuanian territory. No personal identification documents were found at the site.

A forensic study has been ordered to determine the cause of death of this man. The investigation to ascertain all the circumstances of the incident continues.

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