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BELARUS: SUPREME COURT CONFIRMS ANOTHER DEATH SENTENCE

October 4, 2016: the Supreme Court upheld the death verdict handed down to 33-year-old Siarhei Vostrykau in May. This is the third death penalty in Belarus this year.
The convict was found guilty of four fellonies – murder, rape, sexual assault, and theft – and sentenced to execution by a firing squad.
The announcement of the verdict in the Homieĺ Regional Court on May 19.
The announcement of the verdict was attended by a number of Belarusian and international human rights activists. “Siarhei Vostrykau took the decision of the Supreme Court without emotion. The judge asked if he understood the decision, he said that he did”, Andrei Paluda, one of them, said.
No other circumstances of today’s court hearing are known to the human rights defenders, as it was held behind closed doors. The court refused to clarify the reasons for the decision.
On May 19 the Homieĺ Regional Court sentenced Siarhei Vostrykau to death on charges of two separate cases of rape and murder.
The first crime was committed by the accused in July 2014, when his colleague Alesya Panteleyeva, 25, went missing. Almost a year later, in May 2015, police announced the search of another girl, 27-year-old Alevtina Mashurikova. The victim was an employee of the same enterprise, where Alesya had worked.
As it turned out, Vostrykau had offered both girls a ride home after work, but instead had brough the victims to his garage where he raped and killed them. He then buried the bodies in the woods.
He had also been accused of theft in 2007. Having served half of his three-year term, the man was released early with community works.
The convict is married, and has a 3-year-old son.
This is the third death sentence passed in Belarus since the beginning of this year.
On 5 January 2016 Henadz Yakavitski, repeatedly convicted of various criminal offenses, was found guilty of killing his partner with extreme cruelty and sentenced to death. On 15 February the Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence handed down to Siarhei Khmialeuski for the brutal murder of several people.
Belarus is the only country in Europe still applying death penalty. This is one of the main reasons why the country can not regain its special guest status in PACE. The Council of Europe and other international organizations have many times called on the Belarusian authorities to introduce a moratorium on capital punishment.
Since 1990 over 400 people were sentenced to death penalty in Belarus. In 26 years only one person had his death sentence commuted. (Sources: belarusfeed.com, 05/10/2016)

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ZAMBIA: TWO YOUTHS TO HANG FOR MURDER AND AGGRAVATED ROBBERY
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NEVADA (USA): SEARCH FOR EXECUTION DRUG SUPPLIERS TURNS UP ZERO BIDS
MALAYSIA: 24-YEAR-OLD THAI BAR GIRL SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING IN KL
FLORIDA (USA): SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN STATE'S CAPITAL SENTENCING STATUTE, REQUIRES JURY UNANIMITY BEFORE IMPOSING DEATH
SRI LANKA: WOMAN KILLER SENTENCED TO DEATH
PAKISTAN: GENERAL SHARIF SIGNS DEATH WARRANTS OF TEN TERRORISTS
SOMALIA: AL-SHABAAB MILITANTS KILL '2 SPIES'
USA: A HANDFUL OF COUNTIES ARE KEEPING THE DEATH PENALTY ALIVE
TUNISIA: 76 SENTENCED OVER SOLDIER KILLINGS
TEXAS (USA): LOWEST NUMBER OF EXECUTIONS IN 20 YEARS
IRAN: 22-YEAR-OLD IRANIAN KURDISH WOMAN FACES IMMINENT EXECUTION AFTER GROSSLY UNFAIR TRIAL
MALAYSIA: FOREIGN DRUG TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO DEATH
KENYA: WOMAN WHO SOLD TOXIC DRINK THAT CAUSED DEATH OF 8 SENTENCED TO HANG
GHANA'S PRISONS OVERCROWDED BY 3,810 INMATES
ZIMBABWE: ABOLITION OF DEATH PENALTY - MPS SAY THEIR HANDS TIED
HANDS OFF CAIN: PRIORITY IS TO CONTAIN THE DEATH PENALTY FOR TERRORISM
CHINA: CORRUPT YUNNAN PARTY BOSS SENTENCED TO DEATH WITH REPRIEVE
GAZA STRIP: PALESTINIAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING CHILD
EGYPT: MILITANT SENTENCED TO DEATH, 8 TO LIFE FOR ANTI-CHRISTIAN ATTACK
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT DOES NOT REDUCE TERRORISM, SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS ON WORLD DAY AGAINST DEATH PENALTY
INDIA: 5 OF FAMILY AWARDED DEATH PENALTY FOR KILLING 4 PERSONS
SINGAPORE: 80 PER CENT OF RESIDENTS SUPPORT THE DEATH PENALTY
TEXAS (USA): BARNEY RONALD FULLER EXECUTED
GAZA: WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING
SUDAN: THREE CONDEMNED TO HANG IN BURAM, SOUTH DARFUR
USA: SUMMER 2016 ‘DEATH ROW USA’ SHOWS ONGOING DECLINE IN DEATH ROW POPULATIONS

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