: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Security Service of Ukraine detains corrupt head of penal colony in Zhytomyr region

The SBU Security Service of Ukraine together with the Military Prosecutor`s Office have detained a deputy chief of a penal colony in Zhytomyr region for systematic bribery by taking money from prisoners` relatives, the SBU reported.

For a bribe, the major of the Internal Service guaranteed the release of convicted persons on parole. The sum of the bribe depended on the gravity of a committed crime. The money was transferred to a bank card of an intermediary, who was one of the convicted and was allowed to go at large. He opened a bank account by the order of the Penitentiary Service`s official, reads the report.

In particular, the corrupt official demanded UAH 80,000, or US$3,000, for the release of a person convicted of causing grave bodily harm.

The law enforcers detained the offender at the exit of the Penitentiary Service Office after UAH 4,500, or $170, which is part of the bribe, had been transferred to the bank card.

Previously, SBU workers documented that the ”turncoat” major had received UAH 27,000, or over $1,020.

The criminal proceeding was initiated under Part 3 of Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

An investigation is under way to establish other counts of the offender`s criminal activity.


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