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EXTRA 55/95 Fear of imminent execution 16 May 1995
UKRAINE Aleksey Alekseyevich PETROV, aged 27
(_______ __________ ______ in Russian)
Aleksey Alekseyevich Petrov faces imminent execution unless his sentence is
commuted by the President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma. His appeal against his
death sentence was turned down by the Ukrainian Supreme Court on 20 April 1995.
Aleksey Petrov was sentenced to death for attempted premeditated murder
(Articles 17-93 of the Ukrainian Criminal Code) by the Zhitomir regional court
on 8 February 1995. According to his mother, Aleksey Petrov has had mental
health problems since childhood. Doubts about his state of mind reportedly
caused the court of first instance to return the criminal case against him
for additional investigation. Notwithstanding the fact that he was eventually
considered to be of sound mind, the psychiatrist who provided the expert medical
testimony pointed to the fact that Aleksey Petrov had behavioural problems.
At present very few details about the crime are known but according to his
mother, Aleksey Petrov helped his victims after he committed the crime. He
called an ambulance, helped carry the stretchers and offered his blood for
transfusion. One of his victims appealed to the Ukrainian Supreme Court not
to execute Aleksey Petrov but this plea was rejected.
To Amnesty International's knowledge this is one of very few instances in which
a death sentence was passed for attempted premeditated murder in Ukraine.
Amnesty International is opposed to the death penalty, in all cases and without
reservation, on the grounds that it is a violation of the right to life and
the right not to be subjected to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or
punishment as proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The
organisation is appealing to the President of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma, to commute
Aleksey Petrov's death sentence.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express and airmail
letters either in English, Ukrainian or Russian, without delay:
- urging President Kuchma to grant clemency to Aleksey Petrov and to commute
his death sentence;
- urging President Kuchma to commute all other death sentences that come before
President of Ukraine, Leonid Danilovich Kuchma
ul. Bankovaya, 7
Prezidentu Ukrainy Kuchme L.D.
Telegrams: Ukraina, 252220 Kiev, ul. Bankovaya, Prezidentu
Faxes: +380 44 291 61 61 (Please note that the country code has been changed;
also that you may have to try this number several times before a connection
Salutation: Dear President
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