The Prosecutor General’s Office of the Lugansk People’s Republic has obtained evidence of the involvement of the Nexta Telegram channel owner Roman Protasevich in murders of civilians in Donbass, the LPR Prosecutor General Sergey Gorenko said at a briefing on June 16.
“The republican law enforcement officials have obtained sufficient irrefutable evidence of his involvement in the activity of the Azov nationalist pro-Ukrainian group (organization banned in Russia) banned in Ukraine, massacres of civilians in Donbass in 2014-2015, and the use of prohibited means and methods of war,” Gorenko said.
Previously, the head of the Belarusian KGB Ivan Tertel said that Protasevich was involved in the activity of the Azov battalion (organization banned in Russia) in Donbass. According to Tertel, the LPR law enforcement authorities opened a criminal investigation against him, and they were ready to provide Belarus with information and legal assistance in the investigation.
According to Tertel, the LPR Prosecutor General’s Office requested an authorization from the Belarusian law enforcement authorities for investigative activities with suspect Protasevich.
According to the LPR law, Protasevich can be punished for these crimes with 20 years in prison or life sentence.
Roman Protasevich was detained on May 23 in the Minsk airport after an emergency landing of a flight from Athens to Vilnius after a report about an explosive device on board. The report was not confirmed; however, Roman Protasevich was found among the passengers, who was wanted in Belarus. After the Belarusian law enforcement officials learned that Protasevich was in Minsk he was detained.
After detention Protasevich said that he “continued” to cooperate with the investigation. After a while, fragments of Romans’ many hours long interview were shown on the Belarusian TV, in which the former member of the so-called Belarusian opposition revealed information about his former associates.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency