Supreme Court confirms death verdicts for 2 men

'Black realtors' on trial in an appeal hearing at the Supreme Court. 20 December 2017
'Black realtors' on trial in an appeal hearing at the Supreme Court. 20 December 2017

The Criminal Division of the Supreme Court of Belarus has upheld the death sentences earlier handed down to Ihar Hershankou and Siamion Berazhnoi, two of the four people involved in the so-called ‘black realtors’ case’.

Two more defendants in the case, Tatsiana Hershankova and Barys Kalesnikau, have been sentenced to 24 and 22 years in prison, respectively.

According to the verdict of the Mahilioŭ Regional Court of July 21, Berazhnoi, together with Hershankou and his wife Tatsiana, murdered six people, after forcing them to sell their real estate. Kalesnikau was found guilty of robbery and aiding in concealing the traces of the murders.

The investigation into the case lasted 2 and a half years. Hershankou’s mother said that her son was beaten while in custody.

In 2017, three people have been sentenced to death in Belarus: Aliaksei Mikhalenia (Naroŭlia), Ihar Hershankou (Mahilioŭ) and Siamion Berazhnoi (Mahilioŭ).

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