Kanavalau refuses to appeal for pardon

25-year-old Dzmitry Kanavalau sentenced to death for organization of the terroristic act in Minsk underground on April, 11, 2011 admitted legality of the judgement and refused to lodge a petition for pardon.

According to General Prosecutor Alexander Kaniuk, Kanavalau informed members of a special committee of his refusal. Kanavalau was twice reminded of the opportunity of making a petition for pardon addressed to president Lukashenka. Nevertheless, he failed to make use of it each time, General Prosecutor states.

Kaniuk mentions that Uladzislau Kavaliou, convicted of participation in the terroristic act in Minsk underground and sentenced to death as well, appealed for pardon on December, 7, 2011. The report of General Prosecutor’s office has already been elaborated; the documents will be shortly surrendered to the presidential committee of clemency.

The exact date of comittee session on the case of Kanavalau and Kavaliou has not been fixed yet, Alexander Kaniuk says.

The death verdict to Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavaliou delivered by the Supreme Court of Belarus on November, 30, 2011 triggered a mixed reaction in society and drew attention to the death penalty issue once again. Belarus remains the only European country where the exceptional punitive measure is still practised.



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