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08 December 2021, 13:18

New facts leading to refugee deaths found during investigation into Belarus-Poland border incident

MINSK, 8 December (BelTA) – Chairman of Belarus' Investigative Committee Dmitry Gora met with reporters on 8 December and commented on progress in investigating a criminal case into violent actions of Polish defense, security, and law enforcement personnel at the Belarusian border on 16 November, BelTA has learned.

The official said: “The criminal case the Investigative Committee has opened in response to crimes against peace is now in the central office of the Investigative Committee. All the facts of illegal actions of Polish law enforcement personnel and officials are being combined into one criminal case. The investigation continues. New outrageous facts that resulted in deaths of the victims are being detected and summarized.”

BelTA reported earlier that on 16 November 2021 a number of refugees from a spontaneous refugee camp at the Belarusian border tried to enter Poland's territory. In response the Polish side resorted to force, water cannons, stun grenades, tear gas, and special ammunition with toxic chemicals. Many refugees, including women and children, received chemical burns as a result.

On 17 November 2021 Belarus' Investigative Committee opened a criminal case in line with article 128 of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Belarus (Crimes against peace. Mass acts of violence due to race and ethnicity).

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