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In pictures: Man who was wounded by police officer on New Year`s Day sentenced to five-year “restricted freedom” term for allegedly resisting the officer

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A young man who was shot and wounded by a policeman inside an apartment building in Minsk on the morning of January 1 was sentenced Wednesday to a "restricted freedom" term of five years and released in the courtroom.
Judge Svyatlana Bandarenka of the Maskowski District Court in the Belarusian capital found Andrey Hawrash guilty of resisting a police officer.
The judge ruled that the man should not be sent to a correctional institution to serve the sentence. The ruling means that Mr. Hawrash, 29, will have certain restrictions placed on his freedom but will stay at home.
The actual term will be shorter than four years as Mr. Hawrash spent more than seven months in a pretrial detention center, where each day is counted as two for people who are sentenced to "restricted freedom."
The police account of the incident holds that the officer was attacked by a heavily drunk Hawrash after he knocked on his door and asked him to stop making noise. According to the police, the 22-year-old officer was forced to open fire, wounding the man in the leg and torso.
Recounting the incident during the trial, Mr. Hawrash denied having provoked the officer to open fire. He maintained that he was not guilty.
Mr. Hawrash spent 17 days in the hospital before being placed in jail.
The police officer`s actions were defended by Alyaksandr Lukashenka. "What did this kid do wrong?" he wondered, speaking at a meeting with Interior Minister Ihar Shunevich in March. "This is his right. He has a wide choice: he either uses a gun or starts wrestling. After assessing the situation he used his gun. He did not shoot anyone dead in the end. This is a signal to society that thugs will not be pampered."




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