Billionaire Colonel Zakharchenko gets 13 years’ rigorous imprisonment
In addition, the former police officer will have to pay a fine of almost 117 million rubles ($1,808).
The Presnensky Court of Moscow has sentenced Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko to 13 years’ rigorous imprisonment. In addition, the former police officer will have to pay a 117-million-ruble fine. He is also deprived of his titles and awards. The corrupt policeman is forbidden to hold senior positions in government bodies for a period of 2 years.
The court found Zakharchenko guilty of two episodes of receiving large bribes and obstruction of justice. Federal Prosecutor requested 15.5 years of imprisonment and a fine of 494 million rubles ($7,635) for Zakharchenko. The court acquitted the law enforcer on account of one of the bribe-taking episodes.
“The fact of receiving a bribe of 800 thousand rubles ($12,368) has not been proven. All doubts are interpreted in favor of the person accused; the court considers it necessary to justify him in this episode,” Judge Elena Abramova said.
At the same time, when beginning to pronounce the verdict, the judge found it proven that the ‘corruption fighter’ received a bribe of 800 thousand dollars from restaurateur Mehdi Douss as part of a group of persons.
The court found him guilty on account of the other two charges.
Zakharchenko’s defense said they would appeal the sentence in the Moscow City Court.
Former Head of the Department 'T’ of the MIA Main Department of Economic Security and Anti-Corruption, Dmitry Zakharchenko, was arrested in the autumn of 2016. 9 billion rubles was found during searches at his place. Later, the court seized 13 apartments, 14 parking spaces, and several cars from him.