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Two sentenced to death for Belarus bomb attack

Belarus, the only European country still to carry out state executions, yesterday sentenced two men to death for a bomb attack at a metro station in Minsk which killed 15 people and wounded scores of others.

Rights organisations had urged authorities in the ex-Soviet republic not to impose the death sentence on factory workers Dmitry Konovalov (25) and Vladislav Kovalyov (25), arguing that their two-month trial had not met international standards.

Relatives, many of whom walked away from the courtroom in tears, denied the two men had carried out the attack at Minsk's 'October' metro station on April 11 this year.

Irish Independent