Prosecutor demands capital punishment for accused of terrorist acts in Belarus

2011 2011-11-14T17:45:26+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

Deputy prosecutor general Aliaksei Stuk, who represents state prosecution in the case of a terrorist attack in Minsk metro on 11 April, blasts in Minsk in 2008 and in Vitsebsk in 2005, demands the court to sentence both accused, Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzslau Kavaliou, to death penalty without confiscation of assets, Interfax-Zapad news agency reports.

Kanavalau is accused of committing terrorist attacks and producing explosives, Kavaliou is accused of aiding and non-information.

Stuk says the decision was taken “taking into account the opinion of representatives of the killed people and in view of committing grave crimes and killings by the defendants”. “We demand death penalty without confiscation of property for Kanavalau and Kavaliou,” Stuk said.

The case raises many questions. The defendants denied their previous evidence they had given during preliminary investigation and report about pressure from KGB investigators.