Uladzimir Niaklajev: court fulfilled Lukashenka’s order

Mr. Niaklajev, a Belarusian dissident, thinks that the guilt of the two defendants convicted for organizing bomb attack in Minsk metro station, was not proven.

“It’s more probable that the court has fulfilled an order from Lukashenka, who in a response to a question from a Russian journalist said that it was him who would decide whether to punish or to grant clemency”. – said Niaklajev in an interview with Belsat.

In his opinion, judge was unable to confirm that a man recorded by a camera in the metro station who was carrying a bag most probably filled with explosive materials, was Zmitser Kanavawav.

Niaklajev reminded about so called Vitebsk case. In 1980s, 14 people were sentenced to death for murder and rape. Later on, it turned out there was only one person responsible for all those crimes – Hienadz Mikhasievich, a person with sexual obsessive disorder. Niaklajev called those events “a great trauma for Belarus”.

Lioubow Kovaliov, mother of one of the convicts, also recalled cases of executing innocent people in Belarus in her letter with a plea for clemency to president Lukashenka.

On Wednesday, a court in Minsk sentenced to death Uladzislav Kovaliov and Zmitser Kanavawov, both charged with conducting a terrorist attack on Minsk metro on April 11th and an explosion during the celebration of the independence day in 2008.



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