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Ukraine: Further information on fear of imminent execution: Vitaly Gumenyuk

, رقم الوثيقة: EUR 50/004/1996

Vitaly Gumenyuk faces imminent execution after the Supreme Court of Ukraine upheld his death sentence at the appeal hearing on 18 January 1996.

EXTERNAL AI Index: EUR 50/04/96
27 February 1996
Further information on EXTRA 06/96 (EUR 50/01/96, 15 January 1996) - Fear of
imminent execution
UKRAINEVitaly GUMENYUK, aged 24
Amnesty International has learned that the Supreme Court of Ukraine upheld
Vitaly Gumenyuk's death sentence at the appeal hearing of 18 January 1996.
Vitaly Gumenyuk is now facing imminent execution unless his death sentence
is commuted by the President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma. This is despite the
fact that Ukraine, by having joined the Council of Europe on 9 November 1995,
has committed itself to impose an immediate moratorium on executions and to
abolish the death penalty within three years.
Amnesty International is extremely concerned by the ambiguity in Ukraine's
position on the introduction of a moratorium on executions. The Procurator
General of Ukraine claimed on 18 October 1995 that executions were still
continuing, and in a telephone conversation with a representative of Amnesty
International, he stated that no official government decree or written statement
concerning this matter had been issued, and no instructions given to local
authorities.
It has also become increasingly difficult to obtain information about the use
of the death penalty in Ukraine since Ukraine acceded to the Council of Europe.
Families of those on death row continue not to be informed promptly of the
fate of their relatives.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English, Ukrainian, Russian or in your own language:
- expressing serious concern that Vitaly Gumenyuk may face imminent execution
following the Supreme Court's decision to uphold his death sentence despite
the moratorium;
- urging President Kuchma to grant clemency to Vitaly Gumenyuk, and to commute
his death sentence, and all others that come before him;
- urging the authorities to put an end to the agonizing uncertainty the families
of death row prisoners are experiencing by keeping them fully and promptly
informed about each stage of the prisoner's case.
APPEALS TO:
President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma
Ukraina
252601 Kiev
ul. Bankovaya, 7
Prezidentu Ukrainy Kuchma L.
Faxes: (380 44) 291 61 61
Telegrams: Ukraina, Kiev, Prezidentu Kuchma
Salutation: Dear President
COPIES TO:
Chairman of the Presidential Clemency Commission, Pyotr Andreychenko
Ukraina
252220 g. Kiev
ul. Bankovaya, 7
2
Kommissiya po voprosam pomilovaniya pri Prezidente
Predsedatelyu ANDREYCHENKO P.
Fax: (380 44) 291 61 61
Procurator General of Ukraine, Grigory Vorsinov
Ukraina
252601 g. Kiev II
ul. Reznitskaya, 13/15
Prokuratura Ukrainy
Generalnomu prokuroru VORSINOVU G.
Fax: (380 44) 290 26 03
Chairman of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, Vitaly BOYKO
Ukraina
252601 g. Kiev 24 GSP
ul. M. Grushevskogo
Verkhovny Sud Ukrainy
Predsedatelyu BOYKO V.
and to diplomatic representatives of Ukraine accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 5 April 1996.

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