SBU detains lawyer who demanded money from witness in Vinnytsia
The SBU officers under the procedural supervision of the Prosecutor's Office detained the lawyer for money extortion from the local resident in Vinnytsia.
Law enforcers established that the lawyer extorted USD 15,000 from the witness in the criminal proceeding initiated under Article 307 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, in which his client was the subject. In case of refusal the offender threatened to change the procedural status of the witness to “suspect”, using his court “connections”.
SBU officers detained the lawyer in Vinnytsia under Article 208 of the Criminal Procedural Code of Ukraine on receiving the entire amount of the bribe in.
The criminal proceeding was initiated under Part 3 Article 368 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
The issue of notifying the detainee of the suspicion in committing the crime and choosing the measure of restraint is being decided.
Investigative and operative actions are under way.
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