Sat, 21 Sep 2019

STOUPTSY, Belarus -- A teenager in Belarus has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for stabbing a teacher and a student to death earlier this year in a rare school attack in the former Soviet republic.

A court in the town of Stouptsy, 65 kilometers southwest of Minsk, ruled on September 11 that the teenager, identified as Vadzim M., must also pay 110,000 Belarusian rubles ($53,000) to the victims' families.

Belarusian authorities had accused the 15-year-old 10th grade student of stabbing a 50-year-old history teacher and a 17-year-old student to death on February 11.

The attacker wounded two other students who tried to ward him off.

Vadzim M. was found guilty of two counts of aggravated murder with extreme violence, attempted murder, and armed hooliganism.

Copyright (c) 2018. RFE/RL, Inc. Republished with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036

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