Belarus Parliament discussing possible liability for extremist activities

Belarus Parliament discussing possible liability for extremist activities

The Belarusian Parliament discussed on April 4 the possibility of introducing liability for extremism. Although Belarus has created an effective legal framework to combat terrorism the corresponding article is still not included in the country's Criminal Code.

In addition, it is planned to introduce responsibility for taking part in the fighting on the territory of other states. Currently, it is the so-called mercenaries who could fall under this article. These are people fighting on a particular side for financial reward.

Valery Vakulchik, chairman of the State Security Committee of the Republic of Belarus:
It turned out that our legislation does not allow us to make them liable because they are not fighting for money. And note that the current version of article 130 "Mercenary activities" provides for liability only when there is a personal financial interest in such activities. Therefore, we should not wait until this issue affects us. We need to take action now.

And, as it became known, Belarusian senators have already approved amendments to certain laws introducing liability for extremism into the Criminal Code.