Belarus opposition leader urges international probe of govt

PRAGUE (AP) — A Belarusian opposition leader has called for the creation of an international tribunal to investigate and prosecute the reported crimes of her country’s government and its authoritarian leader of nearly 27 years. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya spoke Wednesday to the Czech Senate and asked the Czech Republic to organize an international conference to deal with the situation in her country. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has faced months of protests fueled by his reelection to a sixth term in an August election that was widely seen as rigged. Tsikhanouskaya called the fierce crackdown on dissent by authorities in Belarus “a terror that our country has not experienced since the time of Stalinism.”