Former anti-corruption official Zakharchenko to remain in detention until late July
MOSCOW, April 4 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Presnensky District Court on Thursday extended detention of the former anti-corruption official Dmitry Zakharchenko charged with taking bribes until July 24, the court’s press service told RAPSI.
The next hearing in his case will be held on April 23. The court is expected to hear oral arguments.
According to investigators, in 2014, Zakharchenko and his accomplice received $800,000 from a restaurant businessman. Initially, they demanded 5 million rubles ($75,000). In 2015, they allegedly demanded from that businessman a 50% discount card of his restaurants, and therefore the defendant saved over 3.5 million rubles during bill payment.
Moreover, investigators claim that in 2016, he warned a familiar woman about forthcoming searches as part of a fraud case and organized taking of all documents and office equipment out to prevent their seizure.
Zakharchenko was arrested on September 8, 2016, on suspicion of taking a 7-million-ruble (about $105,000) bribe. During searches at his sister’s apartment law enforcement officers found around 9 billion rubles. He denied any relation to the seized funds.