Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said the execution of Vladislav
Kovalyov and Dmitry Konovalov, sentenced to death for organizing a terror
attack in the Minsk metro on April 11 2011, is his personal tragedy.
"It was one more tragedy in my life. My feelings go out first to these people's
parents, whom I cannot help. Alas," Lukashenko said in an interview with the
Russia Today television station.
"I am often asked: What was the most dramatic moment for me? I have said once
in public that the most dramatic thing for me is to sign a decree denying
pardon. I granted pardon to just one man over my tenure," the Belarusian
Kovalyov and Konovalov were found guilty of organizing terror attacks in the
Minsk metro on April 11 2011, and on Independence Day in Minsk on July 3, 2008,
and in Vitebsk in 2005.
Kovalyov pleaded not guilty and requested pardon, but pardon was denied to him.
Konovalov did not ask for clemency and confessed to organizing the terror
attacks carried out in 2008 and 2011.
Lukashenko said the European Union had not asked him to suspend the execution.
"The European Union has never asked me to suspend the execution of these
people. The European Union has always insisted on the abolition of the death
penalty," he said.
No diplomatic concession was offered, either, he said. "I was not offered that.
But then, which political concession do they mean? Even if they had, the
situation would not have been different. These are absolutely incomparable
problems and issues. Political concession coming from the West demands
political steps in the West's direction," Lukashenko said.
"Here the context is purely criminal, catastrophically and extremely criminal,
which cannot have forgiveness. I think Russia and other countries would have
done the same. So comparisons are out of place here. Again, I did not receive
any offer of this sort," the Belarusian president said.
(source: Kyiv Post)