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09 April 2021, 13:43

Prosecutor General's Office wants war criminals tried in Belarus

MINSK, 9 April (BelTA) – The Prosecutor General's Office will raise the matter of extradition of war criminals so that they could face an open trial in Belarus, BelTA learned from Prosecutor General of Belarus Andrei Shved.

The official said: “We will and have already started studying the experience of work of international tribunals and institutions in relation to the preparation of materials for international organizations for the sake of acknowledging the genocide of Belarusians and other persons in Belarus' territory in the period of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945 and after the war. It is one of the avenues the investigation team will work on. Later on taking into account international practice and international law we will certainly recognize all the eligible persons as victims in the criminal case. Respectively we will demand protection of their rights and legal interests and possibly a compensation.”

Compiling lists of the criminals, who have died and are still alive, is another matter. “We are going to collect materials with a request to carry out procedural actions against these persons in the countries where they live and we will raise the matter of their extradition for the sake of an open trial in Belarus' territory. Or we will prepare materials for their prosecution in international organizations, tribunals, which have previously investigated criminal cases against war criminals,” the official said.

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