Council of Europe’s Secretary General Thornbjorn Jagland called on Belarus on Wednesday to discard the death penalty for two Belarusians found guilty of carrying out a subway terrorist attack in Minsk.
Dmitry Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalyov were found guilty of detonating an explosive device at a Minsk subway station on April 11 that killed 15 and wounded over 200 people. On Wednesday, the Supreme Court of Belarus sentenced them to death by firing squad.
Jagland said that the crime perpetrated by the two men was “barbaric” but asked the Belarusian authorities to refrain from employing a “barbaric” punishment.
The Supreme Court’s ruling is final and may not be appealed. Persons sentenced to death may only appeal to the president for a pardon.
Throughout his presidency Alexander Lukashenko has only once granted a pardon, commuting the death penalty to a 20-year prison sentence in 1996.