Two con­victs ex­e­cuted in sub­way bomb­ing case

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Alexan­der Al­varo, a Ger­man mem­ber of the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment from the Free Demo­cratic Party. He leads a par­lia­men­tary del­e­ga­tion to dis­cuss EU-U.S. privacy is­sues with mem­bers of Congress and ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials.

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Je­sus Zam­brano, pres­i­dent of Mex­ico’s Demo­cratic Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Party, who dis­cusses the July 1 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion at a brief­ing at the Woodrow Wil­son In­ter­na­tional Cen­ter for Schol­ars. The event is co-spon­sored by the In­ter-amer­i­can Di­a­logue.

Iurie Leanca, deputy prime min­is­ter and for­eign min­is­ter of Moldova, who ad­dresses the At­lantic Coun­cil.

Gabriel Quadri de la Torre, a can­di­date for pres­i­dent of Mex­ico from the New Al­liance Party. He ad­dresses the Friedrich Nau­mann Foun­da­tion.

Geral­dine Fin­u­cane, widow of Catholic Belfast lawyer Pa­trick Fin­u­cane, who was killed by Protes­tant para­mil­i­tary gun­men in 1989; Christopher Stan­ley of Bri­tish-ir­ish Rights Watch; and Mark Thompson of the Belfast-based Rel­a­tives for Jus­tice. They tes­tify be­fore the con­gres­sional Com­mis­sion on Se­cu­rity and Co­op­er­a­tion in Europe at 2 p.m. in Room 2247 of the Ray­burn House Of­fice Build­ing.

MINSK | Two men con­victed of car­ry­ing out a deadly sub­way bomb­ing last year in Be­larus’ cap­i­tal have been ex­e­cuted, draw­ing strong con­dem­na­tion from ac­tivists and the Euro­pean Union.

The mother of one of the two 26year-olds said she had re­ceived of­fi­cial no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the ex­e­cu­tion of her son, Vladislav Ko­va­lyov. State tele­vi­sion re­ported late Satur­day that both Ko­va­lyov and Dmitry Kono­valov had been put to death, which in Be­larus is done with a gun­shot to the back of the head.

Hu­man rights ac­tivists con­demned the hasty ex­e­cu­tions, say­ing they de­prived so­ci­ety of the op­por­tu­nity to learn the truth.

“The gov­ern­ment was in a rush to throw a white shroud over all the con­tra­dic­tions and dis­crep­an­cies in the case,” ac­tivist Lyud­mila Gryaznova said Sun­day. “The ex­e­cu­tion of the so-called ‘ter­ror­ists,’ whose guilt re­mains un­der sus­pi­cion, gives the ap­pear­ance that the gov­ern­ment is con­ceal­ing the traces of the crime.”

The men were con­victed in Novem­ber of plant­ing a bomb in Minsk’s busiest sub­way sta­tion that killed 15 peo­ple and wounded more than 300 in April.

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