Another Death Sentence For Double Murder Was Executed In Belarus

On 17 December, Alexander Osipovich was sentenced to death for the murder of two women, Commercial Courier reports.

Olga Ivanova, the senior prosecutor of the Mogilev Oblast Prosecutor’s Office, announced the implementation of the sentence.

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On 9 January 2019, 36-year-old Alexander Osipovich was sentenced to death for the murder of two women committed with grave violence in Bobruisk. During his appeal in the Supreme Court, he stressed that it was a murder in self-defence. The Supreme Court upheld the sentence.

What happened?

Recall that in the early morning of 20 July 2018, a frightened girl called the Bobruisk police reporting that she and her friend had locked themselves in the bathroom to escape a man breaking in.

She could only name the street and wrong apartment number, after which the line went dead. The surveillance video showed that that night two women left the local cafe in a taxi with a stranger.

Several hours later the two friends were found dead; they were 26 and 27 years old. According to experts, one victim suffered 77 injuries, another received 16 injuries. The blows were delivered with a knife, hammer and hands.

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Before the sentence, the man asked for forgiveness and asked not to end his life. However, the mothers of the murdered women insisted: “Let him repent before them there [in the afterlife].”

Alexander Osipovich himself took more than one life – he was previously tried for causing grievous bodily harm, which led to a person’s death.

In addition, there were convictions for robbery, theft, malicious hooliganism, the man spent almost 12 years, that is, a third of his life behind the bars. Osipovich has got no living family.

Reacting to the sentence, Daniel Holtgen, the spokesman of the Council of Europe condemned the execution and once again called on Belarus to abolish the death penalty or introduce a moratorium.

Belarus remains the only state in Europe applying the death penalty. Since 1990, more than 400 people have been executed in the country. For all this time, only one person was pardoned.

In 2019, Alexander Zhilnikov, aged 44, was shot, and with him, probably Vyacheslav Sukharko, aged 24. Since the beginning of this year, three more death sentences have been imposed in Belarus.