The former police lieutenant colonel Piotr Butsko from Ivye was sentenced to 6 years in prison on charges of abuse of power under Part 3 of Art. 426 of the Criminal Code, Mediazona reports citing his lawyer. The prosecutor requested a year less. The court of the Lida district also ruled to fine him 500 base rates.
According to the prosecution, on May 27, Butsko, who after his dismissal from the police became the director of a commercial transport firm, hit his employee Andrei Zakhar «at least 12 times in the head» with his fists. This way he «inflicted less serious bodily injuries». At the trial the victim stated that he had «no claims» to the accused.
Piotr Butsko served in the police for more than 20 years, completing his service as deputy head of the Karelichy Police Department in 2017. He served 32 days of arrest for taking part in the protests at the end of 2020. In an interview with Narodnaya Volya, he said that they «tried to fabricate a criminal case» against him, but people «did not agree to give false testimony.»
Butsko was detained on August 20 last year, his house and summer house were searched. In May 2021, by the decree of Lukashenka, he was deprived of the rank of lieutenant colonel of the reserve police.