Trial in Minsk metro attack case continues. Main suspect refuses to testify.

Zmitser Kanavaw, accused of orchestrating the bomb explosion in Minsk metro, refused to testify on ground of the constitutional protection against self-incrimination.

Aleksander Fiedorcav, the presiding judge, decided to use Kanavaw’s testimony given during a preliminary interrogation, which was recorded on a video camera. The judge read the first protocol, where the suspect confessed to preparing the explosive used in April 11th attack on his own. According to the protocol, Kanavaw arrived to Minsk around 6 pm. He took metro train from Fruzenskaya station to Oktiabrskaya station, where he left the bomb. In the preliminary interrogation, Kanavaw testified that he arrived to Minsk in order to commit a terrorist act, with an objective of destabilizing Belarus.

The defendant confessed to planting two bombs in Minsk on July 3rd, 2008. One of the bombs exploded during a celebrations for the Independence Day. He also testified that he was responsible for two previous attacks in Vitebsk.

The second defendant, Uladzislav Kavaliov plead not guilty on charges of complicity in April 11th attack. “I retract my previous testimony, because it was given under pressure” – he was quoted by Interfax-Zapad news agency.


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