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 Court sets $5,000-bail for government official nabbed when receiving $150,000-bribe

The court defined a bail in the amount of 124,000 hryvnia (approx. $5,000) for the head of a department of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food of Ukraine who was caught accepting a bribe.

A correspondent for 112 Ukraine TV channel reports from the courthouse, Censor.NET informs.

"Solomianskyi district court of Kyiv ruled 60 days in remand prison or 124,000 hryvnia in bail for Olena Polishchuk. The suspect herself denies any wrongdoing," the reporter said.

Read more: "Once again I became convinced of need for staff replacement," - Minister of Agrarian Policy Kutovyi comments on his subordinate's detention while receiving bribe

"The prosecution requested 60 days of pretrial custody or a bail. They insist that their accusation is justified. Since there is a risk that she can either leave the country or interfere with the witnesses, they have requested to impose the toughest restrictions possible against her. However, the defense demands Olena Polishchuk's release due to procedural irregularities. The lawyers also claim that the whole case is trumped-up. The common-law husband of Olena Polishchuk, who is also in the courtroom, is willing to bail her out," the journalist said.

Earlier, the law enforcers caught the chief of a department of the Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry red-handed while accepting a bribe. The official was extorting $150,000 from a businessman for furthering a winning in a tender for purchase of a state agricultural enterprise.

 
 
 
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