The law enforcement officers involved in the arrest and execution of Kavalyou and Kanavalau have been awarded.
Among the people awarded with the Order of Motherland, the Order for Service to the Motherland Award and medals for Bravery and for Distinction in Protecting Public Order are heads and investigators of the Investigation Committee, departments chiefs and officers of the main investigative department and the main criminal investigation department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, heads and officers of special counter-terrorism detachment Almaz, representatives of the forensic department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, blogger d-zholik writes.
The most valuable award – the Order of the Motherland III Class – was given to first deputy chairman of the Investigation Committee General Andrei Shved, who was a deputy prosecutor general and carried out the investigation in the case of Uladzsiau Kavalyou and Dzmitry Kanavalau.
The awards were given to the high-ranking officers of the Investigation Committee, who took part in a special issue of “Chelovek i Zakon (Man and Law) programme on Channel One Russia devoted to the Minsk metro bombing. In particular, Lieutenant Colonel Vasily Hal, the first deputy head of the investigative department of the Investigation Committee, and Lieutenant Colonel Vadzim Hryts, the head of the department for investigation of crimes against the established order of military service of the main investigative department of the Investigation Committee, were awarded with the medal for Distinction in Protecting Public Order.
The first deputy chairman of the Supreme Court, Alyaksandr Fedartsou, who conducted the trial and pronounced a death sentence to Kanavalau and Kavalyou, was given the title of the honourary lawyer of the Republic of Belarus two months after the trial.
Dzmitry Kanavalau and Uladzislau Kavalyou were executed by shooting in March 2012.
The young men were sentenced to death for a terrorist attack. A homemade bomb exploded on April 11, 2011, at the Kastrychnitskaya metro station in Minsk. Eleven people died at the scene and four died later in hospitals. As many as 300 people were injured. Kavalyou was charged with complicity in the crime. Investigators say he knew that a terrorist attack was prepared, but didn't inform the police. Kavalyou pleaded not guilty at the trial.