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 Parliament authorized the arrest of judge of the Economic Court of Odesa region Medentsev

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine supported the draft resolution №2020a granting consent to the detention and arrest of judge of the Economic Court of Odesa region Pavlo Medentsev. 265 deputies voted for the decision while 226 votes were required for its adoption.

Censor.NET reports citing RBC-Ukraine.

The Verkhovna Rada Committee on Legal Policy and Justice submitted a draft resolution on Medentsev's arrest.

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According to the document, June 2, 2015, the Verkhovna Rada received a motion submitted by the Prosecutor General's Office dated May 27, 2015 decreed by Chairman of the Supreme Court of Ukraine Yaroslav Romaniuk granting consent for the detention of judge of the Economic Court of Odesa region Medentsev and his remand in custody.

It is reported that the PGO conducts the pre-trial investigation of the criminal against judge Medentsev on suspicion of commission of a criminal offense under Part 5 of the Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

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"The agency that conducted the pre-trial investigation found that Pavlo Medentsev had extorted and received a bribe from V. Kosychenko (Director of Smartcom PE) in the amount of 566,841.40 hryvnia (about $27,000), which is 931 times more than tax-free allowance, meaning that he had received grand bribe with regard to the examination of claim to the insurance company "Harantia" CJSC for the recovery of insurance payment of 2,300,000 hryvnia (about $104,500) in the plaintiff's favor.

Medentsev was detained at the scene by law enforcement officials after receiving a bribe which was seized from him. However, according to head of the Supreme Court Yaroslav Romaniuk, Medentsev is currently fleeing from prosecution.

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