Saratov: Prison warden faces trial for taking gun from inmate as bribe
A 58-year-old former prison warden will face trial in Saratov.
He is accused of breaking article 290, part 2 (Bribe-Taking) of the Russian Criminal Code.
The warden was in a gun shop on December 9, 2015 when a convict bribed him with a hunting gun and accessories for it, according to investigators. The ‘gift’ was worth more than 30,000 rubles.
The inmate wanted better conditions and the warden’s protection in exchange for the bribe. Moreover, the warden promised giving him ‘vacations’, being able to leave the prison, not sending him to punishment cell for offences, and not punishing him in general.
The police learned about it only in October of 2016. The warden was dismissed and placed under house arrest. However, he used the Internet and other means of communication to threaten witnesses despite being prohibited from using them. Court later ruled in favor of the Russian Investigative Committee that asked to send him in pre-trial detention facility.The investigators gathered enough evidence and referred the criminal case with an approved indictment to court for further proceedings.
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