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 "It is possible to convict a person in absentia, and transfer all his property to the state budget after verdict," - Sakvarelidze comments on release of prosecutor-grafter Shapakin. VIDEO

First Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine Davit Sakvarelidze has no worries that the First Deputy Head of the Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General’s Office Volodymyr Shapakin suspected of taking bribes and recently released on bail escape. According to him, there is a mechanism to convict a person in absentia and he will not be able to avoid prosecution while all his illegal property will be transferred to the state budget.

First Deputy Head of the Main Investigation Department of the Prosecutor General's Office Volodymyr Shapakin has been released from custody on bail of 3,200,000 hryvnia (about $145,000) by the decision of the Pechersk district court in Kyiv. He is suspected of taking bribes together with Deputy Prosecutor of the Kyiv region Oleksandr Korniets. They were detained on Monday, while half million U.S. dollars in cash, arms, and dozens of diamonds were found during the search. The Prosecutor General's Office insisted on the bail of 20,000,000 hryvnia. The agency is now checking whether there has any pressure been put on the judge who has taken such a lenient decision, Censor.NET informs citing the story by TSN.

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When asked whether the PGO has any concerns that the bailed suspect will escape, First Deputy Prosecutor General Davit Sakvarelidze said: "He may escape. There is a mechanism to convict in absentia, and all illegal assets - houses, cars, cottages, money, etc., will be transferred to the state budget after verdict. Let him decide what is best for him."

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