Moscow Court Sentences Ex-prosecutors to Prison for Bribe-taking
Two ex-prosecutors accused of bribe-taking were sentenced to four-year imprisonment by a Moscow court, the RIA Novosti news agency reported Monday.
A construction company foreman filed a suit against the prosecutors in April. He said they had demanded the bribe to close the case. Two former prosecutors were arrested for accepting a $10,000 bribe.
Defense attorneys of the accused say they will appeal the sentence . â€œThe sentense is illegal and unsubstantiated. The trial was fraught with procedural violations,â€ Gennady Nebritov says.
A number of senior security officials and high-ranking customs officials have been convicted or face charges in Russia since President Vladimir Putin called for tougher anti-corruption measures in his state of the nation address in May.
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