The Belarusian authorities have launched criminal proceedings against the Coordinating Council, a body created by the country’s opposition to seek a solution to the crisis sparked by the re-election of Alexander Lukashenko as president as it poses a threat to the security is considered national, as reported by Attorney General Alexander Koniuk.
“The creation and activity of the Coordination Council aims to overthrow the state power and damage the national security of the Republic of Belarus,” said Koniuk, according to the state authority BelTa.
The aim of this council is to “organize the transfer of power,” he added. “They are planning to set up a political body to take over the power of the current head of state,” he stressed, stressing that the activity of this type of organization was “unconstitutional” and that its creation was not provided for by law.
The prosecutor has indicated that the criminal case has been opened for the crime referred to in Article 361 of the Criminal Code, which is punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years for calls to overthrow power or to violently change the constitutional order of the country.