New York (Doclad): A Belarusian activist was stabbed in the neck during a court hearing Tuesday in the capital, Minsk. In video films, he seems to use a pen.
Lattibov was later taken to hospital, where he is reported to be in stable condition after surgery BBC.
Latipov was accused of building social media for the opposition in the dictatorship. Authorities also say he opposed his arrest in September last year. Latipov denies the allegations.
The country’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, has dismantled the opposition since announcing victory in August last year. He believes that the opposition did not win in a democratic way, and that large demonstrations took place under the closed dictatorship.
Latipov allegedly stabbed himself to death after his father testified in court, according to the Belarusian organization Vienna, the BBC writes.
They say he was interrogated when Latipov told his father that he had threatened to physically punish him if he did not plead guilty. He also promised to prosecute relatives and neighbors for the crimes.
The Next Telegram channel, which is part of the opposition in Belarus, has released a video of the incident, which shows Latipov lying on a bench in a courtroom. He was later taken to hospital.
Nexta claims that Latipov underwent surgery and that the condition is “satisfactory”.
Reuters reports that the Belarusian Ministry of Health has reported that the condition is stable for a 41-year-old man named Latipov.
– Belarusian activist and political prisoner Stefan Lattipov cut his throat in court today. He threatened to sue the family if he did not plead guilty. This is the result of state terrorism, repression and torture in Belarus. Opposition leader Svyatlana Sikanovskaya writes that we must stop immediately Twitter.
Many dissidents have fled Belarus since last year’s disputed election. According to the BBC, the country’s authorities have now imposed a temporary ban on almost all residents from leaving the country.
Chikanovskaya, who believes he won last year’s presidential election, flew with his staff to neighboring Lithuania.