Member of the Public Chamber of Russia, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena expressed
regret that President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko had failed to pardon
Vladislav Kovalev and Dmitri Konovalov sentenced to death. "Generally, the
death penalty, in my opinion, is a return to the Middle Ages," he said.
According to the lawyer, the death penalty even for serious crimes "won’t
benefit the development of relations between the people and the authorities of
Belarus," RIA "Novosti."
In turn, human rights activist Alexander Brod said that the situation of human
rights in Belarus was critical. According to him, Minsk subway attack hadn’t
been thoroughly investigated in connection with which the sentence was executed
in a short time.
"The indictment itself and the course of the investigation were rather
questionable; there were procedural irregularities. Such a hasty execution of
punishment is striking - the death penalty has never been enforced with such
haste," he said.
"There should have been a more thorough investigation into this crime, but they
seem to have found just a "fall guy," they just wanted to cover up their
tracks," said Alexander Brod.
At the same time the human rights activist said that the mother of Kovalyov
Vladislav had addressed to the President of Belarus with a request to postpone
the execution of the sentence, so that the UN could consider her complaint.
"But the UN hadn’t even got down to considering the complaint, when the
execution was quickly carried out," he said.
As Telegraf previously reported, March 17, relatives of Vladislav Kovalev
received a letter from the Supreme Court of March 16. According to the report,
the sentence upon Vladislav Kovalev had been enforced. Later, there appeared
information about the execution of Dmitri Konovalov. Evening of March 17, the
enforcement of sentence upon Dmitri Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalyov was
confirmed by the Belarusian TV.