16 March 2012 г. в 10:10
Chairman of the European Parliament Martin Schulz called on President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko to reconsider the decision not to pardon Dmitri Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalev, sentenced to death for the attack in Minsk subway. According to Martin Schulz, they were convicted, "despite serious doubts about their role in this tragic event."
Also, he said, according to reports of human rights organizations, the trial failed to meet international standards.
Martin Schulz calls on Belarus, "the last country in Europe still executing people," to set a moratorium on death penalty. The chairman of the European Parliament says the death penalty "is irreversible, inhumane and degrading," while the European Parliament opposes its application under any conditions.
Representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe also asked the Belarusian authorities to refrain from execution of Dmitri Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalev, noting their principled rejection of the death penalty and questioning the fairness of the trial.
"We are extremely concerned that a terrible act may be executed any time after the announcement of President Lukashenko's decision to deny clemency to two young people," reads the joint statement of PACE President Jean-Claude Mignon, special rapporteur on Belarus Andres Herkel, Deputies Marieluise Beck (Germany) and Renata Vulvend (Liechtenstein), BelaPAN.
Lening: the death penalty can not be justified
March 15, German Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Markus Lening also called on Alexander Lukashenko not to carry out the death sentences upon Dmitri Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalev.
According to Markus Lening, he was shocked to learn about the presidential refusal to pardon Dmitri Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalev, sentenced to death. "The death penalty can’t be justified from an ethical or legal-political point of view. It is not an adequate tool in the fight against crime. One should never exclude possible miscarriages of justice," said the German Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights.
According to him, the Belarusian government should impose a moratorium on executions with its further abolition in the end.
As Telegraf previously reported, President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko has not pardoned Dmitri Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalev, sentenced to death on charges of terrorist attack in Minsk subway, due to "exceptional risk and severity of the consequences of the committed crimes for the society."
The explosion in Minsk subway on April 11, 2011 became the first notorious terrorist act in a modern history of Belarus. The blast killed 15 people, while more than 200 were injured. The court found Dmitri Konovalov a direct organizer and executer of the attack. He was sentenced to the capital punishment - death penalty. The court similarly sentenced his accomplice Vladislav Kovalev.
During the trial, neither Dmitri Konovalov nor Vladislav Kovalev pleaded guilty. They said, they’d confessed during the preliminary investigation under pressure.
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