A jailed Belarusian opposition leader said she feared for her life when security officers threw a bag over her head during an expulsion attempt.
Through her lawyer, Maria Kolesnikova said she was forced into a van and told her that if she did not leave voluntarily she would be removed “alive or in pieces”.
He is now seeking criminal proceedings against Belarusian security forces, including the KGB, his lawyer said.
Mass unrest has gripped Belarus since last month’s disputed polls.
What is happening in Belarus?
- “Breathe freedom”: Belarusians are hoping for change
- Because Poland supports the opposition in Belarus
Ms Kolesnikova is one of three women who joined forces to challenge President Alexander Lukashenko in the August elections. She is the last of three women to remain in Belarus after resisting attempts to forcibly deport her to Ukraine earlier this week.
The main opposition leader, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, says she has won 60-70% of the elections in the places where the votes were correctly counted. She fled to Lithuania after being detained in August.
What did Kolesnikova say?
In a statement filed by her lawyer, she said she was forced into the van by masked men on Monday in the capital, Minsk.
“It was claimed that if I did not voluntarily leave the Republic of Belarus, I would be taken away anyway, alive or in pieces. There were also threats to imprison me for up to 25 years.”
His lawyer said his client was in a “good mood”.
What’s the latest from Lukashenko?
During the inauguration of a new chief prosecutor on Thursday, the president maintained his legitimacy as a leader.
“People often scold me,” He won’t give up power. “They are right to scold me. People didn’t elect me for that,” he said.
“Power is not given to be taken, thrown and given away.”
The president, in power since 1994, said that Belarus could not return to the instability of the years following the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Meanwhile, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has offered Ms Tikhanovskaya a house in the capital Warsaw.