Updated at 14:52,24-02-2021

Angela Merkel asked to respond to Lukashenka’s statement about abducted oppositionists


The leader of the United Civil Party Anatol Lyabedzka has addressed the authorities of Germany with a request to help in investigation of abductions of oppositional leaders in Belarus.

Anatol Lyabedzka asks authorities of Germany to provide information on the following questions:

"1. Do the law-enforcing agencies of Germany know that supposed murderers of Hanchar and Zakharanka are on the territory of Germany?

2. Have the Belarusian authorities addressed the authorities of Germany with a request to extradite somebody as possible participants or organizers of murders of Viktar Hanchar and Yury Zakharanka’s murders, who possibly live in Germany at the moment?"

This address is related to the interview of Alyaksandr Lukashenka published by the Russian newspaper "Zavtra". The Belarusian leader touched upon the topic of abducted and assassinated Belarusian politicians there.

In particular, Lukashenka stated: "They say there is a lack of democracy in Belarus; that Lukashenka is a dictator, and people are disappearing without traces in Belarus. Three persons have perished, and mass media are still repeating this. Lukashenka has killed them as opponents of the regime. In fact, in two cases these were murders for commercial reasons… Traces of murderers have been recently found in Germany."

The address was sent to the office of Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor.

"Recently Lukashenka called a disgrace the fact that those who committed the terrorist attack in the capital last summer haven’t been found yet," Anatol Lyabedzka says. "The fact that organizers and performers of abductions and murders of the former Interior Minister Yury Zakharanka and former Vice Premier Viktar Hanchar, are not a shame, but an awful dishonor of the law-enforcing system as a whole.

Statements by Lukashenka in the interview to "Zavtra" newspaper are neither tactful nor truthful. And we will try to prove that"