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In pictures: Mazyr man who wounded two police officers during his arrest sentenced to 18 years in prison

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A Mazyr resident who wounded two policemen during his pre-dawn arrest last year was sentenced on Wednesday to 18 years in a medium-security correctional institution.
The public prosecutor in the trial had suggested that the man be sentenced to 21 years in prison.
On April 30, 2017, Andrey Rabeshka, 31, was arrested by police in plain clothes outside his house in Mazyr, Homyel region.
The man, who stabbed two officers with a knife, claimed that he took the policemen for robbers and was acting in self-defense.
According to the man, the officers knocked on his door in the middle of the night and lured him out of the house by saying that their vehicle had struck his parked car. They reportedly pounced on him as soon as he walked outside.
According to Mr. Rabeshka, the police officers never told him who they were and he thought that he was fighting for his life.
Neighbors confirmed that they had heard Mr. Rabeshka shout "Help!" and "They are killing me!"
Mr. Rabeshka denied reports by state-owned media outlets that described him as a hardened criminal and organized crime boss.
The man was arrested on suspicion of stealing welding equipment. He was eventually cleared of the suspicion.




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