BELARUS. THREE MEMBERS OF MAROZAW GANG EXECUTED BY SHOOTING
February 5, 2008: three members of the Marozaw gang that terrorized the Homyel region for fourteen years were executed by shooting, the spokeswoman for the Supreme Court of Belarus told BelaPAN. Anastasiya Tsymanovich would not disclose when the execution of gang leader Syarhey Marozaw and his close associates Valery Harbaty and Ihar Danchanka was carried out.
A Homyel-based lawyer who spoke on condition of anonymity said that a death certificate for Syarhey Marozaw arrived in the Chyhunachny district registry office in Homyel the previous week.
The three were sentenced to death by shooting in a long trial that ended on December 1, 2006.
"The gang leader, Marozaw, tried to play for time in every possible way to defer the execution," the lawyer said.
"He repeatedly 'recalled' new episodes of crimes and promised to name top officials of the central and regional governments who helped the gang operate for such a long time unpunished. Marozaw tried to save his life and, perhaps, hoped that a moratorium would be announced on death penalty in Belarus." (Sources: Belapan.com, 05/02/2008)