Court arrests top prosecutors, sets high bail

08:00, 08 July 2015
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The Pechersk district court arrested first deputy chief of the main investigations department (MID)of Ukraine’s Prosecutor General’s Office Volodymyr Shapakin and deputy prosecutor of Kyiv region Oleksandr Korniets, according to their lawyer Volodymyr Petrunenko.

Shapakin and Korniets have beem arrested / Photo from UNIAN

The court set up a UAH 3 million bail for Shapakin, while a UAH 3.2 million bail was set for Korniets.

The chief of Pechersk district court personally considered the PGO’s proposals for choosing the restrictive measures.

Both officials were detained on corruption charges on July 5, during a joint operation of PGO and Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), Pertunenko has told UNIAN

As UNIAN reported earlier, citing the SBU press center, a joint operation by SBU and PGO resulted in detainment of first deputy chief of MID of the PGO Volodymyr Shokin and deputy prosecutor of Kyiv region Oleksandr Korniets. $ 500,000 in cash and a significant amount of jewelry was seized during the searches.

The investigation found that the officials of the Prosecutor's Office conspired and received a UAH 3,150 million bribe. The suspects seized equipment from the company, engaged in mining of sand in the Kyiv region, thus blocking its operation. For the return of seized equipment, officials demanded and received through intermediaries the equivalent of $ 150,000 in Ukrainian hryvnya.

During searches of Shapakin, $ 400,000 was seized, while the searches ofKorniets revealed 65 diamonds and a Kalashnikov assault rifle.

Both detainees are officially suspected of committing a crime under Part 4 Article 368 of the Criminal Code (Receiving a bribe). The sanction of the article provides for a 8-12-year imprisonment, with confiscation of property.

UNIAN also reported that court has arrested Valery Hibalenko, another suspect in this case, who is not an officer of a prosecutor's office. A UAH 3.2 million bail was set. 

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