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    In January 2020, a judge handed down death sentences for Stanislaw Kostsew and Ilya Kostsew.

    An appeal was dismissed on May 22, 2020, against the two brothers who murdered a teacher.

    The last remaining appeal is solely held to the President. The Kostsew brothers are asking Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko for clemency.

    Since July 2020, the Kostsew brothers have both been transported to the Minsk Detention Center to await their execution. Both have asked to see a priest ahead of their execution.

    The executioner, who remains anonymous throughout the entire process, is kept behind a closed door. When an execution occurs, the condemned is blindfolded and asked to kneel forward when the executioner stands forward and shoots the prisoner one time in the head. If the prisoner is still alive after the shot, a second shot is immediate to conclude the execution. The body is taken away and given back to the family if that request is granted at the Detention Center.
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    Kazakhstan abolishes capital punishment


    President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has signed a decree abolishing the death penalty in Kazakhstan, according to a statement released by his office on Saturday (2 January).

    The new law makes permanent the existing moratorium on state executions, introduced in 2003 by the first president of the country, Nursultan Nazarbayev.

    The move was largely expected. Tokayev, a former high-ranking UN official who was elected in June 2019, announced that his country would join the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aimed at abolishing the death penalty. The announcement was made in his speech at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in December 2019.

    Russia, Tajikistan and Belarus are now the only three countries in Europe and Central Asia which havent yet signed or ratified the Second Optional Protocol. Belarus is the only country in Europe to carry out executions.

    Capital punishment in Kazakhstan has been abolished but was still permitted for war crimes or terrorism, as the UN Convention allows. In 2008 and 2016, Kazakhstan voted in favour of the UN Moratorium on the Death Penalty.

    While the former Soviet republic has not carried out an execution in almost two decades, death sentences have continued to be handed down to those convicted of serious crimes.

    Tokayev has spared convicts sentenced to death. One of the last pronounced death sentences in Kazakhstan was reportedly that of mass murderer Ruslan Kulekbayev who shot and killed eight police officers and two civilians during a rampage in the countrys largest city, Almaty, in 2016. He will now serve a life sentence instead.

    The last state-sanctioned executions carried out in the country were in May 2003, when 12 people were put to death by firing squad.

    https://www.euractiv.com/section/cen...al-punishment/
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    Belarus MPs to mull over abolishing death penalty

    The first package of amendments to the Belarusian criminal legislation has already been approved by the National Assembly; it is to come into force in 2021.

    The second package which is being developed; the lawmakers are expected to consider it in a few months; it might take effect no earlier than next year. The proposal to remove from the Criminal Code the option of the death penalty as maximum punishment is the most revolutionary item included in the package. According to TUT.BY sources, the amendment was initiated by law enforcement agencies.

    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 Alyaksandr Lukashenka granted a pardon to only one convict.

    In June 2020, the Supreme Court of Belarus upheld the appeal of Viktar Skrundzik. The man who was facing the death penalty for murdering several elderly people asked the authorities to re-define the charge and mitigate the sentence. As a result, the criminal case was reported to be sent for revision, but no further details were published.

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    First death sentence passed in 2021

    In Belarus, for the first time in 2021, the death penalty was handed down. Viktor Skrundzyk was sentenced to death in Slutsk.

    This was reported by the human rights organization "Viasna".

    The decision was made by the Minsk Regional Court of Slutsk on January 15.

    Skrundzik and three of his accomplices were found guilty of killing two retirees and attempting to kill an 85-year-old woman.

    Two accomplices received 22 and 18 years of strict regime colonies, another - a year of work with the payment of 10% of wages.

    Skrundzik was first sentenced to death last year. However, in the fall, the Supreme Court overturned the decision and remanded the case for retrial.

    At the same time, human rights activists noted that in Belarus the death penalty is rarely imposed if the panel of the Supreme Court overturns the previous sentence.

    Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko has previously declared that the death penalty can be canceled only through a referendum.

    RBC-Ukraine also wrote that the process of abolishing the death penalty has begun in Kazakhstan.

    Kazakhstan signed a protocol on the abolition of death sentences in late September 2020.

    https://www.prudentpressagency.com/t...larus-in-2021/
    "How do you get drunk on death row?" - Werner Herzog

    "When we get fruit, we get the juice and water. I ferment for a week! It tastes like chalk, it's nasty" - Blaine Keith Milam #999558 Texas Death Row

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