The European Parliament's resolution on Belarus indicates serious interference
in the internal affairs of the country, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry's press
service said in a statement on Friday.
On Thursday, the European Parliament passed a resolution condemning Belarus for
implementing the death penalty in the country, demanded Belarusian authorities
stop harassing rights groups, and immediately release members from the
opposition from prisons.
"The European Parliament does nothing in its honor by seriously interfering in
the practices of law and order in a sovereign country," the ministry statement
The statement continued by stating Belarus' outrage on the European
Parliament's resolution in regard to capital punishment.
"The European Parliament de facto stands on the side of terrorists with
incompetent suggestions of doubt on the results of investigations and decisions
by the Belarusian court in cases of terrorist acts," the statement read.
The Foreign Ministry said that the European in particular has called into doubt
the case of Vladislav Kovalyov and Dmitry Konovalov, who were sentenced to
death for bombing a subway station in Minsk in April 2011. The European
Parliament has called on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to
immediately pardon both men and place a moratorium on capital punishment and to
later remove the practice from the law books.
The European Parliament claims there were shady and serious faults in human
rights, premeditated ignoring of justifiable evidence during court procedures,
as well as serious procedural violations during the initial hearings and while
the case was being heard in the court of law. The parliament has demanded that
the case be reinvestigated.
The terrorist act was carried out in Minsk on April 11, 2011. 15 people were
killed and more than 200 were injured from the explosion. The main suspects in
the crime were Konovalov, who the court said built the explosive device,
brought it to the subway station, and detonated it, as well as Kovalyov, who
knew about the terrorist act being planned but failed to alert the appropriate
(source: RIA Novosti)