MINSK. March 11 (Interfax) - According to the Constitution, the question of whether the death penalty should be abolished in Belarus can only be decided at a referendum, said Pyotr Miklashevich, chairman of the Belarusian Constitutional Court.
"The death penalty in Belarus can only be abolished through a referendum. This is required by the country's Constitution," Miklashevich told a press conference on Wednesday.
"The Belarusian Constitution contains regulations for abolishing the death penalty," he said. According to the Belarusian Constitution, the death penalty is an exclusive measure that can only be applied under a court's ruling. Belarusian courts issue two or three death sentences per year, compared to up to 50 such rulings about a decade ago, Miklashevich said.