Zakharchenko does not plead guilty, defense seeks house arrest
As it has become known from the courtroom, acting Head of the “T” Department at the MIA General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption Dmitry Zakharchenko denies his guilt in the case of bribery.
"This money has nothing to do with me neither in theory, nor in practice. I have never visited that place. I did not take the bribe. I did not hold the money in my hands. This money is not mine," Zakharchenko stated.
In addition, he said that if he had ever mentioned any money, it should have been for the sake of humor.
"The charges are unclear to me, there is no evidence in the case materials," the Colonel said at the hearing, at which a preventive measure was being elected.
Defense of the accused Interior Ministry officer asked the court to select house arrest at the home of a relative, which is fully equipped with CCTV cameras, as a measure of restraint.
The Acting Head of the Department T of the MIA General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption Dmitry Zakharchenko has been detained during a special operation of MIA and FSB. 123 million dollars and 10-20 million rubles in cash were seized during the searches in his apartment and office.
Zakharchenko is charged under three articles of the Russian Criminal Code, namely 285 (Abuse of Official Powers), 290 (Bribe-Taking), and 294 (Obstruction of Carrying out of Justice and of Preliminary Investigations).
The ICR has reported on solving the murder of Ilya Pichko, who had been due to testify in the high-profile case of smuggling at the hearing on December 18. The search for the head of Yugo-Vostochnaya Torgovaya Kompaniya began after he failed to appear at the hearing scheduled for December 11.