Ukraine’s Prosecutor General dismisses prosecutors suspected of bribery
Viktor Shokin, the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, has issued an order on dismissal of two top prosecutors detained on July 05 during a PGO and SBU special operation on suspicion of taking bribes, according to the media and public communications department of the PGO.
According to the report by the PGO press service, first deputy chief of the main investigation department of the PGO Volodymyr Shapakin and deputy prosecutor of the Kyiv region Oleksii Korniets were detained on July 05, as a result of a special operation. They were informed on being suspected of committing a crime under Part 4, Article 368 of Ukraine’s Criminal Code (receiving a bribe) with the sanction of a non-alternative eight to 12 years imprisonment with the revocation of right to hold offices, special confiscation and property confiscation.
The report reads that the investigation into the case is being conducted by the department of investigations against personnel of the prosecutors’ offices and information security offices of the PGO, reporting to deputy prosecutor general Davit Sakvarelidze.
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.
The court set up a UAH 3 million bail for Shapakin, while a UAH 3.2 million bail was set for Korniets.
The 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.