Kuban judge extorted bribe from police threatening with criminal case
Law enforcement officers passed over 500 thousand rubles ($7.7 thousand) to a judge.
A former judge of Shcherbinovsky District Court of Krasnodar Kray has been charged with extorting a bribe from police officers under the threat of a criminal case, the press service of the department reports.
They clarified that the case was initiated under part 3 of Art. 30, part 3 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code (Attempted Swindling) and item (c), part 5 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code (Bribe-Taking on a large scale).
The investigation found that the judge took advantage of his position when considering a case on drug trafficking. A person involved in the case appealed the actions of the staff of the Federal Drug Control Service and the Department of the Interior Ministry on transport engaged in its operational support. The judge contacted the police and said that he would satisfy the complaint of the accused and bring them to criminal responsibility if they refuse to pay him. For over 500 thousand rubles ($7.7 thousand) the judge agreed to pass a guilty verdict in the case.
The security officers agreed and gave him first 230 ($3.5 thousand), and then another 300 thousand rubles ($4.6 thousand). In February 2017, during the transfer of money the judge was detained by FSB officers.
The Prosecutor General's Office had earlier accused the Moscow region’s ex-official of exceeding official authority, taking a bribe on an especially large scale, and forgery, and demanded to seize assets worth of 9 billion rubles ($135 million) from him.