The president of the Supreme Court of Ukraine was arrested for a corruption case

President of the Supreme Court of Ukraine Vsevolod Kniazev. Capture

The Chairman of the Supreme Court of Ukraine, Vsevolod Kniazevwas arrested in the framework of an investigation by a $2.7 million bribery casean anti-corruption authority announced on Tuesday.

“The head of the Supreme Court was arrested,” he declared at a press conference in kyiv Oleksander Klimenkoa senior official who leads the government’s anti-corruption efforts.

Knyazev, has been detained by the country’s authorities, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office reported today at a press conference held in kyiv.

“The president of the Supreme Court has been arrested and steps are being taken to investigate other people for their involvement in a crime,” the prosecutor said during the press conference. Oleksandr Omelchenkoquoted by local media.

Several Ukrainian publications reported on Monday citing official sources of Kniazev’s arrest for having received bribes worth 2.7 million dollars.

The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office and the National Anti-Corruption Office of Ukraine They have also announced the discovery of a case “of large-scale corruption in the Supreme Court of Ukraine” related to “the collection of inappropriate benefits by the leadership” of the Court and some judges.

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Volodimir Zelensky, has been fighting corruption in his country. Franco Fafasuli (Franco Fafasuli/)

According to Anti-Corruption Officeit is the largest case of corruption in the judiciary ever known in Ukraine.

Local media point to the Ukrainian oligarch who escaped to France Kostyantyn Zhevago as one of the beneficiaries of this alleged purchase of judges. The press service of Zhevago -whose extradition to Ukraine was rejected in March by France- has denied his involvement in the case.

Since the beginning of this year, the President of Ukraine, Volodimir Zelensky, described as “necessary” the decision of dismiss more than a dozen officials in high positions of his governmentto avoid acts of corruption during his management.

The president said that he will continue to take measures in this regard.

“I emphasize the phrase ‘another one,’ since it we will continue to take appropriate measures. The public will see each of them and, I am sure, will support them, ”he added.

Zelensky argued that Ukrainians need a strong state: “Ukraine will be just that,” he added, after indicating that “society has seen another set of personnel decisions.”

All internal issues that hinder the state are being removed and they will continue to be deleted. It is fair, it is necessary for our defense, and it helps our rapprochement with the European institutions, ”said the president in his daily address to the nation.

(With information from EFE)

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