UA: 218/09 Index: EUR 49/008/2009 Belarus Date: 17 August 2009
TWO MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH
The Belarusian authorities have sentenced two men to death for murder. Brest regional court
sentenced 30-year-old Vasily Yuzepchuk to death on 29 June; Minsk regional court sentenced
25-year-old Andrei Zhuk to death on 22 July.
Vasily Yuzepchuk and another man were detained in January and charged with first-degree murder, following the
murder of six elderly women, between November 2007 and January 2008. On 29 June, they were found guilty by
Brest regional court and Vasily Yuzepchuk was sentenced to death. His lawyer will appeal to the Supreme Court The
second man was charged as his accomplice and sentenced to life imprisonment.
In connection with a separate crime, Andrei Zhuk and a second man were charged with the murder of a man and a
woman who were killed on 27 February 2009. They were killed while carrying money to pay the salaries of
employees at the company they worked for. On 17 July, Andrei Zhuk and the second man were found guilty by
Minsk regional court; on 22 July, the court sentenced Andrei Zhuk to death and the second man to life
The death sentences were announced shortly after the 23 June vote by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of
Europe (PACE) to restore Special Guest Status to the Belarusian Parliament, on the condition that Belarus declared
a moratorium on the imposition of the death penalty. Belarus is the last country in Europe and the former Soviet
Union which is still carrying out executions.
PLEASE WRITE IMMEDIATELY in Russian, Belarusian, English or your own language:
Urging President Lukashenka to commute immediately the death sentences of Vasily Yuzepchuk and Andrei Zhuk to
terms of imprisonment;
Calling on him to establish an immediate moratorium on the use of the death penalty, in line with UN General Assembly
resolution 63/168, adopted on 18 December 2008.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS BEFORE 28 SEPTEMBER 2009 TO:
ul. Karla Marxa 38
Salutation: Dear President Lukashenka
Also send copies to diplomatic representatives accredited to your country. Please check with your section office if sending appeals after the above