The deputies of the German parliament discussed the situation in Belarus at a meeting on March 22. There they unanimously condemned the execution of Dmitri Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalev. Moreover, Bundestag deputy from the faction of "green" Marieluise Beck has accused the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) of complicity with the Belarusian authorities. According to her, Interpol "walk arm in arm with Lukashenko."
In her speech Marieluise Beck drew attention to the fact that President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said in an interview that execution of Dmitri Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalev was inevitable, while the court verdict was fair. The Belarusian leader referred to the positive assessment of the criminal case investigation by Interpol, Radio "Liberty."
Marieluise Beck questions the objectivity of the Interpol investigation.
"What brought Secretary-General of Interpol Ronald Noble in Minsk on May 11, 2011, when the EU and the Council of Europe had ceased all sorts of high-level contacts with the Belarusian regime? How come that Interpol has taken the so-called "evidence" provided by the Belarusian KGB for granted, being well aware that the Council of Europe found out in 2004 that the traces of the missing four opponents of the regime can be tracked somewhere on the top of the regime?" asks the German MP.
Bundestag deputy bewilderment was also caused by the fact that the Interpol leadership invited Interior Minister of Belarus Anatoli Kuleshov to Lyon in January 2012 in spite of the current visa sanctions by the EU.
The head of the Federal Chancellor office of Germany, Minister for Special Assignments Ronald Pofalla stressed at the Bundestag meeting that "Belarus is a part of Europe, but there's no place for the death penalty in Europe."
As Telegraf previously reported, March 17, relatives of Vladislav Kovalev received a letter from the Supreme Court on March 16, stating that the sentence had been enforced. Later it was reported on the execution of Dmitri Konovalov.
The Committee on the UN Human Rights Council, which Vladislav Kovalev filed a complaint to, expressed concern over the enforcement of the death penalty. Since the committee has not considered it yet, the execution of the sentence is viewed as a violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by Belarus.
Meanwhile, according to the Belarusian law, relatives of the executed neither received their bodies nor were reported on their place of burial. Despite this, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights in Poland along with other international organizations condemned the death penalty and urged the Belarusian authorities to release bodies of Vladislav Kovalev and Dmitri Konovalov. In addition, the Foundation encourages Belarus to immediately set a moratorium on the death penalty.