Family asks authorities to provide explanation for ban on release of body

The mother and sister of Uladzislau Kavaliou, one of the sentenced to death penalty for the organization of the terroristic act in Minsk underground on April, 11, 2011, with 15 killed and 387 injured, have filed a request for reasoning the denial to deliver bodies of executed to their relatives.

According to human rights defender Raman Kislyak, Lyubou Kavaliova and Tatsiana Kazyar addressed to president Lukashenka, two Chambers of the Belarusian Parliament and Head of the Department for the Execution of Sentences.

Uladzislau Kavaliou’s relatives desire explanations on what grounds the Criminal Code includes a rule under which «the body of the executed is not delivered, no information about the burial place location is provided» (Part 5, Article 175), Raman Kislyak said. Lyubou Kavaliova and Tatsiana Kaziar called this rule «humiliating treatment of relatives».

This rule was put into practice in 1999. Before it had been contained the MIA secret instruction on executions, the human rights defender adds.

On March 22, 2012 Kavaliou’s relatives addressed the Belarusian president, KGB Chief and Head of the Department for the Execution of Sentences with request to deliver the body of Uladzislau Kavaliou for burying. But they received denials referring to Part 5, Art.175 of the Criminal Code. On May 7, 2012 the women appealed to Aliaksandr Lukashenka against the application of this rule.


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