“Lukashenko: the dictator in the dock,” headlines the Independent, leading for the second day running on the Belarus strongman. With hundreds known to have been jailed and tortured after he ordered a brutal police crackdown against an opposition demonstration on 19 December, British human rights firm H20 Law says it intends to bring both a private prosecution and civil action against Alexander Lukashenko. “The firm represents Free Belarus Now,” the London daily explains, “a pressure group set up by the families of opposition politicians, campaigners and journalists who have been arrested in the crackdown. […] Lawyers hope that a private prosecution could eventually result in an arrest warrant being issued for him or his associates.” Human rights investigators have interviewed hundreds of activists arrested after last December's disputed presidential elections. They have found “that torture, beatings and inhumane prison conditions are commonplace.
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