As reported by Censor.NET citing the story by TSN, Pidbereznyi tried to bribe Ukraine’s top anti-corruption prosecutor right in his office in exchange for termination of criminal proceedings against the judge’s colleague.
Pidbereznyi was not placed in pretrial custody as he was bailed out. The chairman of the court came to his workplace since his suspension has recently expired.
TSN appealed to the Prosecutor General's Office to find out how comes that nothing prevented Pidbereznyi from continuing working as the court chairman being indicted with bribery, but received no response to its inquiry so far. A week ago, the Prosecutor General's Office said that the pre-trial investigation into attempt to bribe Kholodnytskyi was completed and the indictment was sent to court. Pidbereznyi faces up to 10 years in prison with confiscation of property under charges he was indicted on.
As reported, on Sept. 21, Pidbereznyi with another judge of the Kyrovskyi district court of Dnipro suspected of committing a corruption offense offered $300,000 in bribe to Kholodnytskyi for termination of criminal proceedings against the latter. The judges were detained red-handed with a part of the sum - $50,000. It is noteworthy that the judge who tried to avoid criminal responsibility by bribing Kholodnytskyi was under house arrest.