Moscow’s Presnensky Court has sentenced Russian police colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko, who has been found guilty of taking large-scale bribes and obstructing justice, to 13 years behind bars, APA reports citing TASS.
"To find defendant Zakharchenko guilty, and to sentence him by way of cumulative sentencing to 13 years behind bars in a high security correction facility," judge Elena Abramova stated.
The court also set a fine to the tune of 117 mln rubles (about $1.8 mln), stripping Zakharchenko of his titles and state awards. Zakharchenko’s lawyers aim to appeal the sentence.
The public prosecutor had demanded sentencing Zakharchenko to 15 years and six months in a high-security prison facility and ordering him to pay a fine to the tune of 495 mln rubles ($7.6 mln). The prosecution also aims to appeal the sentence due to the fact that the court had acquitted Zakharchenko of one charge of corruption, related to the 2014 bribe taken from the La Mare restaurant owner.