Supreme Court turns down cassation appeal of death row convict
On July 14, the Supreme Court of Belarus considered the appeal of Rečyca resident Siarhei Ivanou. March 18, 2015 Ivanou was sentenced to death for a murder, committed with especial cruelty.
The case was heard behind the closed doors due to the especial cruelty of the crime and some intimate details of the crime. The relatives of the victim didn't attend the trial, there were just the relatives of the murderer.
After studying the materials of the case, the panel of judges of the Supreme Court upheld the judgment of the court of first instance, the death penalty.
A supervisory appeal against the decision of the Supreme Court will be prepared within the framework of the campaign "Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty".
Let us remind that according to the verdict of Homieĺ Regional Court of March 18, 2015, Siarhei Ivanou was found guilty of hooliganism with the use of violence, committed repeatedly by a group of persons (Art. 339, part 2 of the Criminal Code); intentionally causing serious bodily injury, endangering the life of the victim, of hooliganism, (Art. 147, part 2 paragraph 7 of CC); robbery of property, related to the application of violence dangerous to life and health of victims, committed repeatedly by a group of persons (Article 206, part 2 of CC); embezzlement committed repeatedly by a group of persons (Art. 205, part 2 of CC); of intentional unlawful deprivation of another person of life (murder), which was committed with particular cruelty (Art. 139, part 2, paragraph 6 of CC).