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May 5 2014 | BELARUS

Urgent Appeal to save the life of Eduard Lykov (Belarus), sentenced to death

Eduard Lykov is 53 years old

sentenced to death:
Eduard Lykov
place running:
BELARUS
punishment carried out
 
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Urgent Appeal
 
Eduard Lykov (Belarus)
53 years old
 

Sentenced to death

 
His story
 

Eduard Lykov (Lykau), a man with clear mental troubles and used to alcoholism from a long time, was accused to have carried out five murders between 2002 and 2011, the year of his detain. During his trial he pleaded guilty of the accomplished crimes after –he explained- a confession with a priest. Indeed, after that time, he begun feeling a deep regret for his heinous acts, resolving to tell everything to the judges. That is what his lawyers too suggested him to do, maybe in good faith or to shorten the time of the process and the execution. Certainly, had Eduard not admitted all the murders, but only one of them, he would have escaped the gallows. Besides, his confession was enough so that effective and sharp investigations on his alleged crimes were not arranged.

On November 2013 the regional court of  Minsk issued his death sentence. Eduard appealed to it, hoping that his sincere repentance would be enough for him to get his life spared. Nevertheless, in April 2014 the Supreme Court of Belarus upheld the capital ruling. From now on, his execution might be dreadfully carried out at any moment, without any forewarning.

 
The appeal to save Eduard
 

The Community of Sant’Egidio urges everybody to share its appeal aiming to spare Eduard’s life from the execution, sending the following statement to the competent authorities of Belarus.

 
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