Updated at 11:59,19-05-2018

Heavy coverage of Minsk metro bombers trial


The court trial on the Minsk metro blast will be covered by 35 Belarusian and foreign mass media companies, including Reuters, Bloomberg, EPA, Kyodo Tsushin. The Supreme Court of Belarus will start the trial on 15 September, informs BelTA

An open court hearing will take place in the House of Justice in Minsk that can accommodate about 500 people.

In the dock are residents of Vitebsk Dmitry Konovalov and Vladislav Kovalyov, both born in 1986.

Dmitry Konovalov is accused of committing over 30 crimes, including terrorism resulting in loss of life and serious injuries, illegal turnover of explosives, particularly malicious behavior, deliberate destruction and damage of property in a way dangerous for the public.

Vladislav Kovalyov is accused of taking part in 15 unlawful acts, namely of being accomplice to an act of terrorism, particularly malicious behavior, deliberate damage of property in a way dangerous for the public, illegal turnover of explosives, concealment of a criminal, failure to report a crime.

Taking part in the trial will be 523 victims and hundreds of witnesses.

The severest punishment for terrorism in Belarus is death penalty.

The court hearing will be presided by First Deputy Chairman of the Supreme Court Alexander Fedortsov. Three counsels for the prosecution, including Deputy Prosecutor-General Alexei Stuk will represent the prosecution.

Konovalov and Kovalyov are also accused of arranging explosions in Vitebsk and in Minsk. The explosion in the Minsk metro rocked the Oktyabrskaya station at 17:58 on 11 April 2011. The terrorist attack killed 11 people immediately, while 4 died in hospital.

The criminal case papers made up 550 volumes.