MOSCOW, November 1 (RAPSI) – A court in the Stavropol Territory has sentenced Makhach Aliyev, a former judge from Makhachkala, the capital of Russia’s Republic of Dagestan, to 3 years in high security prison for extorting 500,000 rubles (about $8,000) from the mother of one of persons on trial, the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office has reported.

Aliyev has been also fined 2 million rubles ($30,500). Moreover, the court has prohibited him from holding public posts for 5 years.

It was found that in February 2015, the Sovetsky Court of Makhachkala was considering a case over illegal acquisition of drugs against a local resident. Then judge Aliyev being an acquaintance of the defendant’s mother suggested the woman to pass a noncustodial sentence upon her son for a 500,000-ruble bribe.

According to case papers, to make his criminal intention a reality Aliyev put the defendant on the wanted list, issued an arrest warrant for him and repeatedly postponed hearings in the case therefore delaying the trial.

Later, the judge reduced the amount of a demanded bribe to 400,000 rubles ($4,000). He was arrested when receiving the money.