Russian court fines bribe-eating cop

Despite trying to eat the evidence, a Russian traffic policeman was fined 600,000 rubles ($19,000) for accepting a bribe from a motorist, the Russian Investigative Committee said on Monday.

A court in Russia’s Rtischevsky district fined Andrey Zakharov for accepting a bribe of 15,000 rubles to return the motorist’s suspended license in March 2011. Zakharov resisted arrest when internal police investigators confronted him immediately after the money changed hands. When that failed, he started eating the banknotes.

Despite the attempt to destroy the evidence, Zakharov was found guilty under Article 290 of the Criminal Code. He will have to pay a fine and may not hold any law enforcement position for two years.


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