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Belarus Seeks Death Penalty For Metro Bomb Suspects


A woman lays flowers near the entrance to the Oktyabrskaya metro station in Minsk, where 15 people were killed in an explosion on April 11.

A woman lays flowers near the entrance to the Oktyabrskaya metro station in Minsk, where 15 people were killed in an explosion on April 11.

A Belarusian prosecutor has requested the death penalty for two men charged with organizing a deadly bomb blast at a metro station in Minsk.

Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavalyou are on trial accused of planning the explosion which killed 15 people and injured 200 on April 11.

Justice officials in Belarus have also linked the two men to other blasts, including one on Independence Day in 2008 and several explosions in the town of Vitebsk in 2005.

Kanavalau and Kavalyou stood in a steel cage inside the courtroom, which was packed with police and security guards as a state prosecutor asked for capital punishment on November 13

The court is expected to deliver its verdict in the coming days. Belarus is the only nation in Europe that still implements capital punishment.

compiled from agency reports
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