Death row inmate Kiryl Kazachok executed

Kiryl Kazachok, a 40-year-old resident of Mazyr, Homyel region, who was sentenced to death in December 2016 for murdering his son and daughter, has been executed, the Vyasha Human Rights Center announced Tuesday, referring to the convict’s mother.

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According to Andrey Paluda, a coordinator of a group called “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus,” Mr. Kazachok is believed to have been executed as far back as the end of October 2017.

In late December 2016, the Homyel Regional Court found Mr. Kazachok guilty of strangling his 17-year-old son Uladzislaw and nine-year-old daughter Kira at their home in Mazyr on January 31, 2016.

After the man committed the murders, he reportedly went to an apartment that his wife was renting together with their eldest son and told the woman what he had done. Then he called the police and attempted to kill himself by jumping from a fourth-floor balcony.

The man survived the fall and was admitted to the Mazyr Central District Hospital with concussion, a spine injury, a hip fracture and several bruises.

The man was found to have 236 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of his blood.

In March, he was transferred from the hospital to a detention center.

He had previously been convicted of disorderly conduct and physical violence. He is known to abuse alcohol.

The man had attempted to commit suicide twice before.

According to the prosecution, the man killed his children to take revenge on his wife who filed for divorce in October 2015.

The couple were earlier divorced but then got married again.

The trial was held behind closed doors.

Mr. Kazachok became the second person known to have been executed in Belarus last year.

Syarhey Vostrykaw, a 34-year-old resident of Homyel who was found guilty of two separate cases of rape and murder, was executed in April.

Four convicts were reportedly executed in Belarus in 2016.

More than 400 people have been sentenced to death and executed in Belarus since the country acquired independence in 1991. Alyaksandr Lukashenka is known to have pardoned only one death row inmate.

Five people were sentenced to death and three people were sentenced to life imprisonment in Belarus in 2017, Valery Kalinkovich, first deputy chairman of the Supreme Court, told reporters in January.