Supreme Court confirms death sentence for Aliaksandr Asipovich

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Aliaksandr Asipovich talking to his lawyer during an appeal hearing at the Supreme Court. May 14, 2019. Photo:

The Supreme Court of Belarus has upheld the death verdict imposed on Aliaksandr Asipovich for a double murder committed in Babrujsk in July 2018.
The initial sentence was handed down by the Mahilioŭ Regional Court on January 9, 2019. Asipovich was found guilty of killing two women after a drinking binge in his apartment.
During today’s hearing, the Court rejected all arguments by the defense, in particular, the defendant’s confession and alleged mental disorder resulting from a head injury on the eve of the murder.
As a result, the Supreme Court ruled to leave the verdict in place. Aliaksandr Asipovich will be executed unless pardoned by President Lukashenka personally.
Two more death convicts, Viachaslau Sukharka and Aliaksandr Zhylnikau, are awaiting execution on death row in Minsk.