Belarus (bbabo.net), - The Supreme Court of Belarus began considering a criminal case against Vladimir Katryuk, who is known as the “executioner of Khatyn.” This was reported today, February 8, by the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic.
It is reported that Katryuk is accused of committing a crime under Article 127 (genocide) of the Criminal Code of Belarus. The trial will be open. According to Deputy Prosecutor General Alexei Stuk, the preliminary investigation authorities, based on previously adopted changes in the country’s legislation, took all measures to find the relatives of the “executioner of Khatyn” Vladimir Katryuk.
“The changes made allow us to give a legal assessment to the actions of these individuals, regardless of the position of their relatives. “As for the search for relatives of the person involved in the present case, indeed, thanks to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, we received information about his distant relative, but our requests to the competent authorities of Canada remained unanswered,” he said.
Alexey Stuk also recalled that at present, thanks to the investigation of the criminal case of genocide and the amendment introduced at the initiative of the Prosecutor General’s Office to the criminal procedural legislation, it has become possible to involve already deceased Nazi punitive forces and give a legal assessment of their actions. At the same time, he emphasized that crimes against peace and the security of humanity, and genocide is one of them, have no statute of limitations.
“We have received all the legal tools to conduct a preliminary investigation and reach a judicial decision in cases of this category. This will contribute to the implementation of the principle of the inevitability of responsibility of persons who have still remained unpunished, and (will allow -bbabo.net) to preserve historical justice,” said Stuk.
In addition, the Deputy Prosecutor General of Belarus recalled that currently the political elites of some countries glorify such Nazis, elevating them to the rank of heroes of the national liberation movement.
“But we need to prevent this from happening. We will use all means to counteract this and show the true face of these “freedom fighters,” because by elevating the Nazi punitive forces to the rank of heroes, these political elites actually justify the doctrine of fascism and condone it,” the state prosecutor emphasized.
Let us recall that in 2022, an investigation into the genocide of the Belarusian people during the Great Patriotic War began in Belarus. The Prosecutor General's Office of the Republic previously reported that the Katryuk case is one of the important stages and results of the investigation and one of the procedural forms of Belarusian legislation, which will reveal and show the true face of punitive forces and executioners, who also operated on the territory of the BSSR. It was noted that Katryuk and many other criminals who destroyed civilians were and are hiding in the USA, Canada, and the Baltic countries and did not receive the punishment they deserved.