Belarus President says he helped solve criminal case

Belarus President says he helped solve criminal case

Forensic examination of Belarus: its importance for the country and prospects for development were discussed at a meeting of the Belarus President with the Chairman of the Committee for Forensic Examination Andrei Shved.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
I just want you to understand and hear what I say. I recently did a lot of forensic science. All sorts of criminal cases. Unfortunately, we still have a society in which there are enough terrible criminal cases. I mean, first of all, connected with murders, rapes, mockeries, and other serious criminal cases.

In this regard, I would very personally ask you, knowing how principled you are (otherwise you would not have been appointed to this post after the terrorist attack in the subway - I remember all this): we cannot make a mistake when clarifying circumstances. Even worse is to falsify examination results. This is a catastrophe. We will now pay special attention to this, controlling the work of your department.

There are many cases in which it is necessary to review cases even after the expiration of the limitation period.

During a year the committee conducts more than 340,000 examinations - from DNA tests and paternity testing to handwriting analysis and fingerprints. The accuracy of the conclusions is almost 100%. In 2017, the conclusions of experts were questioned only in 17 cases.

Nevertheless, the system works imperfectly.

The President gives an example: he once had to help solve the case of murder of a woman in the Mogilev region.

All the proceedings for this incident were completed, but it was re-examination that helped to establish the truth.

Alexander Lukashenko:
Today, the State Security Committee sent me a report on one criminal case. It was several years ago. The limitation period had expired. I personally had to make a decision in order to go back to that criminal case. It was in the Mogilev region. Ordinary people wrote to me, the father of the murdered daughter. He said he did not believe the investigation and the court.

There are many such appeals. I asked to send me all the materials. I received them. I sat down and myself studied it during one day. I ordered that the prosecutor and the chairman of the KGB investigate this criminal case at any cost. The criminal was eventually found in Russia, he was brought to Minsk and another criminal case was opened and we began to investigate. Moreover, I controlled the entire process. And it turned out that he was a murderer. But he had been actually acquitted.

What is my task now? We have to sort out how that investigation was conducted, we have to find all lawyers and so on. We'll find them all. We will ask them how it happened. In this investigation, your department sometimes plays the deciding role. I want you to be crystal-clear in this regard. We can't regulate your activities by any regulatory legal acts.