Bringing down fire on policemen: Another Belarus citizen may face death penalty

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Charges have been levelled against the resident of Babrovichy village (Ivatsevichy district) who shot a policeman last week, the Investigative Committee reports.

On August 17, the 57-year-old man fired at two neighbourhood policemen who were carrying out an inspection of weapons storage. One policeman was killed on the spot, the other is critically ill.

The attacker is accused of killing a person in the line of duty and attempted murder of two persons which is linked to their performing duties.

The articles may carry a punishment of up to 20 years in prison, life imprisonment or even the death penalty.

Belarus remains the only country in Europe that still applies capital punishment. The West has repeatedly called on the Belarusian authorities to join a global moratorium as a first step towards the abolition of death penalty.

The exact number of executions in Belarus is unknown, but local human rights defenders and journalists have worked tirelessly to uncover some information about death sentences and executions. According to the Ministry of Justice of Belarus, 245 people were sentenced to death from 1994 to 2014. Human rights NGOs believe that around 400 people have been executed since the country gained its independence in 1991; president Lukashenka granted a pardon to only one convict.


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