BELARUS. INTERIOR MINISTER NAVUMAW: DEATH PENALTY CANNOT BE DISPENSED WITH NOW
November 15, 2007: the death penalty is a measure that cannot be dispensed with now, especially in the post-Soviet region, Belarusian Interior Minister Uladzimir Navumaw told BelaPAN while commenting on a draft resolution calling for a moratorium on the death penalty which was approved by the UN Third Committee.
â€śLook at the country where the UN is located,â€ť General Navumaw said. â€śWe will follow its example.â€ť
According to the minister, the resolution was proposed for political reasons and not on common sense grounds.
â€śItâ€™s not me who will make this decision,â€ť he said. â€śBut one should listen to crime victims and not just to decision-makers who are protected by certain privileges.â€ť
Mr Navumaw noted a steady decline in the number of reported murders in Belarus in the last five years. â€śIt stands in stark contrast to countries where the death penalty is not applied,â€ť he said. (Sources: BelaPAN, 16/11/2007)