Head of Federal Penitentiary Service who sold senior posts admitted to bribe-taking
The Khamovniki court has put Evgeny Verbetsky into custody for two months.
The Moscow Khamovniki Court imprisoned Evgeny Verbetsky, the Head of Probation Department of the Moscow Federal Penitentiary Service, who will remain in jail until January 2, 2017. Together with his deputy Roman Klimenko, Evgeny Verbetsky had been detained in his office in the act of accepting a bribe of 300 thousand rubles.
Verbitsky and his defense asked the court to limit the sentence to house arrest. Hoping to get a more lenient penalty the senior official confessed to the crime and said he regretted the deed. In addition, he said that he suffered diabetes and listed a number of other health problems he had.
However, the court ruled that taking into account the defendant’s high position the investigator’s motion to imprison Verbetsky should be sustained. A similar request regarding another defendant Roman Klimenko will be considered soon.
As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, the Investigative Committee of Russia in Moscow initiated a criminal case against Verbetsky and Klimenko under article Bribe-Taking on an especially large scale (part 5 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code). The Federal Penitentiary Service officers were arrested on November 1 caught red-handed. According to investigators, Verbetsky and Klimenko had been extorting money from the Head of a branch within the Moscow Penitentiary Service. In return, the suspects promised their patronage - namely, promotion to a higher position. According to Fontanka, the suspects would name the prices for available positions the applicants could pay if they wanted to move up the career ladder.
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