Death row prisoner Viktar Paulau “most likely executed”, convict’s sister said
Death row inmate Viktar Paulau was “most likely executed,” the convict’s sister Raisa told Andrei Paluda, coordinator of the campaign “Human Rights Defenders against the Death Penalty in Belarus”.
The execution has not yet been officially confirmed, but the staff of pre-trial prison No. 1 in Minsk, which houses the country’s only death row, told the Paulau’s lawyer that the convict was no longer staying at the facility.
The death convict’s sister says that she has not received any letters from Viktar for six weeks. Moreover, a few days ago, she was not allowed to visit the prison to see her brother. All these things suggest that Paulau was executed.
Viktar Paulau, 50, was found guilty of killing two elderly women in the Viciebsk region in December 2018. In late July 2019, he was sentenced to death after a hasty trial at the Viciebsk Regional Court.