Two convicts executed in subway bombing case
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.
Finance Minister Vitor Gaspar of Portugal, who addresses the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
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.
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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.