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 Bail of 5 million hryvnia posted for Judge Pidbereznyi, suspected of bribing SAP head Kholodnytskyi

суд закон фемида правосудие приговор вердикт

Prosecution says Hennadii Pidbereznyi's accomplice, former judge Nataliia Ovcharenko, remains in pretrial detention center.

Pidbereznyi himself confirmed this to Censor.NET.

Pidbereznyi, who is the chairman of the Kirovskyi district court of Dnipro, arrived to appeal against the restriction measure. He is awaiting the hearing in the Appeals court of Kyiv.

He didn't was to say who paid the 5 million hryvnia ($187,000) in bail, but was outraged that no one paid attention to the amount of the bail.

A man accompanying the judge said the bail might have been posted by a person close to Pidbereznyi.

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He said that the judge cannot remain in custody over health condition: "This is the matter of life and death."

The man said the judge suffers from cancer and has only one kidney.

Pidbereznyi promised to voice more details during a hearing.

Prosecutor Oleksandr Diachenko said that as far as he knows, Pidbereznyi's accomplice, former judge Ovcharenko, remains in pretrial detention center.

The prosecutor does not know whether she will file an appeal.

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On Sept. 21, the Prosecutor General's Office together with the Security Service of Ukraine apprehended the chairman of the Kirovskyi District Court of Dnipro Hennadii Pidbereznyi and judge of the same court Nataliia Ovcharenko, as they attempted to bribe head of the Special Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office Nazar Kholodnytskyi with $300,000 for closing a criminal case against Ovcharenko. The two judges were detained while passing the first tranche, $50,000.

The court subsequently arrested Pidbereznyi with the right to post a bail in the amount of 5 million hryvnia. Former judge Ovcharenko was arrested for 60 days with an alternative of a 5-million hryvnia bail.
 
 
 
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