Lukashenko signed amendments to the law, allowing for the death penalty for "attempted terrorism".
This is reported by the Belarusian editorial board of Radio Liberty.
Law № 165-3 will come into force on May 29, 10 days after its publication.
The articles under which the death penalty may now be imposed not only for the committed acts, but also "attempted acts of terrorism," include Part 2 of Article 124 (murder of a representative of a foreign state or international organization in order to provoke international aggravation or war or destabilize public order in a foreign country), Part 3 of Article 126 (an act of international terrorism, committed by an organized group or using nuclear energy facilities, or using radioactive substances, nuclear materials, strong.
The Belarusian Helsinki Committee, the Human Rights Center "Viasna" and the group "Human Rights Defenders Against the Death Penalty" issued a public appeal, stating the inadmissibility of expanding the use of the death penalty and noting that legislative changes could be used for political pressure.