Abolition of capital punishment discussed during meeting of Prosecutor General and PACE delegation

2009 2009-02-19T21:15:43+0200 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en

On 18 February during a meeting with the Prosecutor General of Belarus the PACE delegation considered the possibility of the abolition of death penalty.

According to Deputy Prosecutor General Aliaksei Stuk, the meeting had a working character. ‘We answered all their questions. We discussed the development of democratic legal instruments in the country, along with the administration of justice,’ said Mr.Stuk.

Prosecutor General also said the country was moving towards the abolition of capital punishment. The PACE delegation was told that the cases of using the sentence had been scarce over the past few years. ‘Capital punishment is not an end in itself, neither is it an obsession, but a means of protecting the society from extremely dangerous persons,’ said Mr.Stuk.

The meeting also touched upon the independence of Belarusian judges and the process of democratization of the treatment of participants of unauthorized demonstrations. ‘We told them that all over the world mass actions are held under the control of the state and require regulated behavior,’ said Deputy Prosecutor General.