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 PGO investigates into $800,000 judges bribe case

The Prosecutor General's Office together with the Security Service and the Interior Ministry take measures aimed at preventing and combating corruption in the judiciary.

As reported by Censor.NET, this is announced by the PGO press service.

The PGO says five indictments on criminal proceedings of this kind involving seven persons have been filed with court this year.

"Currently, PGO investigators are carrying out a pre-trial investigation on 15 criminal proceedings against 13 judges, five of whom were reported suspicion of criminal corruption offenses aimed at obtaining an undue profit," the report says.

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"Also, the Central Investigation Department of the General Prosecutor's Office continues investigation on criminal proceedings into extortion by the judges of the Supreme Economic Court of Ukraine of a £500,000 bribe for their interference in the work of judges of the Economic Court of Kyiv and the Kyiv Economic Court of Appeal, as well as into receipt by the judges of the Kyiv Court of Appeal of an undue profit of $800,000 for deliberate perversion of justice in favor of the Kurchenko's criminal group and other persons," the PGO said.

During the first half of the year the first instance courts considered four cases involving four people accused of committing corruption offences followed by corresponding decisions.

"As a result of the trial, three judges received convictions and one more case was taken over for further investigation.

At present, the first instance courts consider 29 criminal cases (proceedings) on 33 judges being accused of committing corruption offences.

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