Former head of the metro service to stay in custody
All prison terms of the employees of Moscow Metro accused in corruption were extended.
The court extended an arrest of former head of electricity supply service of the Moscow Metro Gleb Verkhovsky under a case over bribery. Moreover, Verkhovsky’s accomplices – Dmitry Borisenko and former senior engineer of the Closed Joint Stock Company TeploEnergoSbyt Aleksander Ishchenko - will also stay in custody. All three of them will stay in custody till July 14. The Khamovnichesky Court of Moscow made this decision.
According to the investigation, Verkhovsky and his former deputy Borisenko, using Ishchenko as an intermediary, demanded from the company, which was conducting electrotechnical works, a bribe of 15 million rubles. For this sum the officials promised to sign completion certificates and acceptance of work, despite of the fact that the terms and other agreements were violated.
Verkhovsky, Borisenko and Ishchenko were detained in 13 November 2015 during taking a bribe. A criminal case was initiated against Verkhovsky and Borisenko under art. 290 para. 6 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (taking a bribe on large scale by official in a group of people), while Ishchenko was convicted under art. 291.1 para. 4 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation ( mediation in bribery on large scale to the official).
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