Prosecutors in Belarus are calling for the death penalty for two men accused of carrying out a series of deadly bombing attacks in the country. Dmitry Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalyov allegedly carried out a bomb attack in April that killed 15 people and injured many more, and have also been accused of alleged involvement in a numbe of other attacks in recent years.
Belarus is the only nation in Europe that still offers the death penalty. While President Alexander Lukashenko has insisted that the bombings were designed to destabilise his government, prosecutors have offered no evidence of any political motive behind the attacks. In fact, it’s still not entirely clear what might have motivated the alleged attackers.
Authorities in Belarus allege that Dmitry Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalyov are also linked to blasts such as the one on Belarus Independence Day in 2008 and another in the town of Vitebsk a few years earlier. The case has gripped Belarus, with the court packed as Dmitry Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalyov await a decision in the next few days.