Russian court jails anti-drugs police for extortion

8th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Russian court ordered Monday heavy prison sentences for three anti-drugs police for extorting money from a man after planting drugs on him, a court spokeswoman said.

The police officers planted drugs on the victim in 2008 and demanded a bribe of 300,000 rubles (7,500 euros/10,500 dollars) to prevent a criminal investigation.

The court in Russia's second city jailed the officers for between six and 10 years for abuse of power, the spokeswoman said.

Corruption is rife at all levels of Russia's police hierarchy, and convictions are rare.

The ruling came on the same day as President Dimitry Medvedev stepped up his push against corruption by criticising police for acting as "protection" for businesses.

© 2010 AFP

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