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Regional prosecutor said caught accepting bribe

He was appointed to the Odesa regional prosecutor's office on 16 March.

Regional prosecutor said caught accepting bribe
Vladyslav Kutsenko
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A prosecutor of the Odesa regional prosecutor's office, Oleksandr Modebadze, who was appointed to his post by Deputy Prosecutor-General Davit Sakvarelidze, has been caught red-handed, a prosecutor of the Prosecutor-General's Office, Vladyslav Kutsenko, has said at a briefing.

"Around an hour ago, investigators of the military prosecutor's office of the southern region, acting on the materials of the security service, detained a prosecutor of the Odesa regional prosecutor's office, first-class lawyer, Oleksandr Tarielovych Modebadze, who was appointed by Sakvarelidze on 16 March, when he was accepting a bribe of 5,000 dollars," he said.

A criminal case under Article 368 (bribe taking) of the Criminal Code was opened

As reported earlier, Sakvarelidze was dismissed by Prosecutor-General Viktor Shokin early on 29 March. In Sakvarelidze's words, his dismissal was not agreed with the president.

Odesa regional governor Mikheil Saakashvili described the dismissal as a "dangerous precedent" and said it was done by "mafia against which he was fighting".