Lukashenko: Personally I Never to Abolish Death Penalty
President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said during his annual message to the Parliament and the people on May 8 that Parliament is not competent in issue of a moratorium on the death penalty.
"Personally, I will never go for it. I’m the servant of the people, and I know the mood of the people," stressed the President.
To explain why he favors the death penalty, Alexander Lukashenko recalled two petitions for pardon of two criminals from Hrodna, who had raped and killed a 12-year-old girl. "At such moments I just seethe and immediately say: reject the claims," said the president.
"No one knows what it took to reject the last two petitions (pardons of perpetrators of terrorist acts in Minsk subway Dmitri Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalev - Telegraf), when the whole world was pressing upon, seeing me as a terrorist. I don’t need it. But I'm the president," said the head of state.
According to Alexander Lukashenko, those who advocate a moratorium on the death penalty, "they don’t think so in reality but carry out someone’s orders."
"If you are a skunk and scoundrel, if you make such a crime, you should be held accountable. Other countries which have set it [the moratorium on the death penalty], say: got into the shit, but can’t get out. The same is happening to all I’ve been talking to - so why do I need this?" the President of Belarus said.
"Maybe our society has already matured, then we’ll take a decision together," said the head of state.: era.by