ICR: New details in case of Deputy Head of Kabardino-Balkarian Ministry of Agriculture
The Deputy Head of the Ministry of Agriculture of Kabardino-Balkaria, who has recently been detained by law enforcement officers on suspicion of mediation in bribery, had previously encountered problems with the law.
However, the criminal proceedings against him have been closed due to limitation period expiration. Over the last two years, two criminal cases, in which the official has been charged with abuse of official powers, have been considered by court. However, in both cases, the charge has been changed to negligence, and the trial has been terminated due to the expiration of the limitation period.
Let us recall, on Thursday, September 15, referring to investigative bodies, the Investigative Department of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic Investigative Committee announced that the Head of the Department for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption of the Russian MIA for Nalchik had demanded that the Head of one of the departments of the Kabardino-Balkarian Ministry of Agriculture paid him two million rubles as a bribe in exchange for cessation of investigative work in respect of the said official.
During the negotiations, the amount of bribe has reduced to one million rubles. Investigative bodies reported that the police officer has offered to use a mediator, namely, their mutual acquaintance, deputy minister of the regional Ministry of Agriculture, for transfer of money. After following the transfer of the bribe, law enforcement officers detained all suspects. A criminal case under article Attempted Bribe-Taking by an official on an especially large scale has been initiated.
After institution of criminal proceedings, deputy minister of agriculture has been removed from his post. Head of the Ministry of Agriculture Department has also been ejected. As for the corrupt police, an internal inquiry is currently conducted against him. If the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kabardino-Balkarian Republic proves his guilt in the case, he will be dismissed from the law enforcement authorities on a defamatory basis.