Belarus, Russia and Ukraine Will Challenge Unjust And Biased Sentence Of Their Citizens
The Russian Embassy in Tripoli is working with the lawyers of its nationals to appeal the Libyan court’s verdict that has landed two Russians, three Belarusians and 19 Ukrainians in jail, said the Head of the Consular Department of the Russian Embassy in Tripoli, Ilya Samunin.
According to Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich, Russia considers the court’s decision as clearly biased, said the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“In Moscow, such an unfair and unwarranted harsh sentence was taken with perplexity and indignation. This decision is all the more puzzling and surprising given the intensive contacts with the Libyan authorities on this issue undertaken by the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Embassy in Tripoli during the last months, as well as assurances of objectivity and impartiality of the court, given by the Libyan side,” said Alexander Lukashevich.
As Telegraf previously reported, the military court in Tripoli sentenced three Belarusians, 19 Ukrainians and one Russian to ten years’ imprisonment for complicity in the regime of former leader of Libya Muammar Gaddafi. One Russian citizen got a life sentence.
Spokesman for the Belarusian Foreign Ministry Andrei Savinykh said that Belarus was using the existing political and legal opportunities for judicial review of the judgment against Belarusians in Libya. “We are extremely alarmed by the convictions and keep on insisting on the innocence of our citizens,” he said.