Belarus sentences two to death for metro bombing
MINSK (Reuters) A court in Belarus sentenced two men to death Wednesday for carrying Canada Goose Parka out a bomb attack at a metro station in central Minsk canadian goose jacket which killed 15 people and canada goose uk outlet wounded scores ofothers.
Dmitry Konovalov (L) and Vladislav Kovalyov are seen standing in a guarded buy canada goose jacket cage during a hearing in Minsk, in this September 15, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko/Files
Dmitry Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalyov, both 25, were arrested three days after the explosion on a canada goose packed platform during the evening rush Canada Goose online hour on April 11.
The prosecution said the two men, cheap Canada Goose friends since childhood, had dabbled with explosives for years and were behind explosions in 2005 in their home town canada goose black friday sale of canada goose uk black friday Vitebsk and a separate bomb attack at Independence Day celebrations in Minsk, the capital, in 2008.
Belarus buy canada goose jacket cheap is the only country in Europe to have retained the use of capital punishment.
Describing the accused as extreme danger canada goose clearance sale to society, judge Alexander Fedortsov said: court sentences (them) to the extreme measure of punishment, death by execution.
But it coincided canada goose coats on sale with unusual tension following a police crackdown on the opposition and a growing currency crisis.
President Alexander Lukashenko, the autocratic leader who has ruled Belarus since 1994, used it at the time to warn of attempts to destabilize the country of 9.5 million people.
EMOTIONAL STATEMENT uk canada goose Kovalyov mother, Canada Goose Jackets Lyubov, who has led a campaign to save the two accused, said before sentence was passed that any confessions had been made under duress in pre trial interrogation.
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The two accused, held in a metal Canada Goose Coats On Sale cage surrounded by police guards, showed no emotion when sentence was delivered. There were boos, sarcastic laughter and a cry of true from the public seating area when the judge read out the sentence.
Since they were tried by the Supreme Court, the accused have no right of appeal and their only hope of surviving is a pardon from Lukashenko. In the past 16 years, he has pardoned only one person condemned to death.
Rights organizations say execution is carried out by shooting with Canada Goose Outlet a pistol. Relatives are told only after sentence has been carried out and those executed are buried in a secret location.
The court canada goose factory sale was held in a hall used by actors for rehearsals, with the accused on a stage together with the judge, lawyers and other court officials, lending a theatrical impression to proceedings.
Konovalov was billed in court as the dominant figure in the partnership and was said to canada goose store have carried out the crime. Kovalyov was accused of complicity by supplying explosives and failing to tell police when he knew a criminal act was being prepared.