07 March 2018 :
A Minsk-based human rights group says that more than four months ago Belarusian authorities executed a man who had been convicted of killing his own children.
The Vyasna (Spring) human rights center quoted the mother of the convicted man, Kiryl Kazachok, as saying that she was only informed in recent days that he was executed in October.
Amnesty International in January had mentioned Kazachok's case in a statement urging Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka to abolish capital punishment.
Kazachok was sentenced to death in December 2016 after a court in the southeastern city of Homel found him guilty of killing his 17-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter in order to punish his wife for wanting a divorce.
The court found that Kazachok was drunk when he carried out the killings.
Kazachok refused to appeal the sentence.