Ihar Vasilyeu, a former deputy chairman of the Minsk city executive committee, has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.
The verdict was pronounced by the Minsk regional court on February 11, BelaPAN news agency reports.
Vasilyeu was found guilty of violating part 3 of article 430 of the Criminal Code (accepting a large-scale bribe by an official).
Judge Natallya Alyakhnovich explained: Vasilyeu was found guilty of “accepting material values given only due to his post for favourable decision of the issue in his competence”.
The former deputy chairman of the city executive committee is prohibited from holding public offices for five years.
The defendant or the lawyer can appeal against the court decision to the Supreme Court.
Lawyer Maryna Dabratvorskaya said to journalists she didn't agree with the decision of the court and would appeal against it.
As the investigation revealed, Vasilyeu was detained by KGB officers on July 6, 2012, on suspicion of extorting a bribe of $500,000 from representatives of a Czech investor for making a favourable decision on the issue in his competence relating to signing an investment agreement on construction of a recycling plant outside Minsk. The money was to be handed in to the official in two $250,000 instalments. Vasilyeu was detained in his office after accepting the first part of the money.
Vasilyeu didn't admit his guilt in the court.