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Liubou Kavaliova: "We always tell Uladzislau that we will make everything possible to save him from unfair punishment"

2012 2012-03-15T17:55:15+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
The Human Rights Center “Viasna”

As it became known on 14 March from the state TV, president Lukashenka refused to pardon Uladzislau Kavaliou and Dzmitry Kanavalau. Several days of painful uncertainty ended with a terrible blow for their relatives.

Bear in mind that the Presidential Commission of Pardons didn't tell its verdict even to the mother of Uladzislau Kavaliou. On finding out who wanted to talk to him the commission's member Mikalai Samaseika simply put down the receiver.

"I wanted to hear the sentence to my son whom I consider innocent of the terrorist act and unfairly punished for it... During the meetings my daughter and I always tell Uladzislau to hope for the better, and that we will do everything possible to save him from unfair punishment," says Liubou Kavaliova.

The death convict Uladzislau Kavaliou filed a pardon petition with Aliaksandr Lukashenka in December 2011. The mother emphasizes that her son didn't plead guilty even in this petition:

"The explosion which had taken place in the Minsk metro on 11 April concerns many Belarusians. I sincerely pity the victims, each of whom experienced a deep grief. However, I have no relation to these explosions and didn't help to conduct them. During the investigation I was pressurized into  giving testimonies which were demanded from me. I gave a true testimony at the trial, not being afraid to tell the truth. I ask to pardon me and release me from criminal punishment. My conscience is clean before myself, before You, before the society and before icons."

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