2 August 2015, Sunday, 19:27

Amnesty International responded to new death sentence in Belarus

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The international human right organization demands the abolition of death penalty in our country.

This is how Amnesty International reacted on another death sentence in Mahilou. The respective statement has been published in the organization’s web-site.

"Belarus' status at Europe's sole executioner is shameful. The authorities must immediately commute this death sentence and establish an official moratorium on executions, with a view to abolishing the death penalty," said David Diaz-Jogeix, Amnesty International's Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia.

The international organization’s statement also notes that prisoners may be subjected to tortures with the purpose of getting the necessary testimonies from them, and the sentenced to death penalty do not have access to adequate procedure of appealing against the verdict.

We would remind that Mahilou region’s court sentenced to death one of the people, guilty of a murder, who was serving the punishment term in the prison number 4.

One of the case’s figurants is a man, born in 1969 in the Zhytomyr region of Ukraine, who was homeless in Belarus. He was serving the punishment of 25 year imprisonment and was kept in a cell with two other convicts. There was a domino game among them with the condition that the winner kills the loser.

The opponent of the game’s initiator lost. After that the winner agreed with the other cellmate about the date and time of the murder of the loser in order to fulfill the game’s conditions.

On 4 July 2012 the convicts strangled their cellmate with a scarf. The death of suffocation came immediately caused by strangling the neck, which qualifies as a grave bodily harm.

The court found both guilty of the crime and sentenced one of them to death penalty for the totality of the sentences for previous crimes, and the other one was sentenced to 16 years in high security prison for the totality of the previous verdicts.

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