New episode in Zakharchenko’s case
The Moscow City Court prolonged arrest to the ex-Colonel for three months.
Former Officer-in-Charge of the Department T of the Anti-Corruption Central Board of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Dmitry Zakharchenko accused of corruption will remain in the pre-trial detention center until December 8. Such decision was made by the Moscow City Court on Wednesday, August 30, satisfying thus the petition of the investigation.
In his turn, Zakharchenko’s lawyer Aleksander Gorbatenko told journalists that a new episode of bribe-taking is investigated against his client. The lawyer did not disclose other details, referring to a non-disclosure agreement.
To recall, Dmitry Zakharchenko was detained in September of last year. At first, he was accused of official power abuse and obstruction of justice. Later he became a defendant in the case over bribe taking for 7 million rubles ($119 thousand) from former head and co-owner of Rusinzhiniring company Anatoly Pshegornitsky and $800 thousand — from restaurateur Medi Duss.
During the searches, which were carried out within the investigation, 9 billion rubles ($153.3 million) were found and withdrawn. Zakharchenko declared that he has no relation to the withdrawn money and fell a victim of provocation of intelligence agencies.
The special services believe that Russian Interior Ministry officials could have cooperated with the press to sell passport applications and border-crossing data of the two men suspected of poisoning the Skripals in Salisbury.