In Kharkiv, the Security Service of Ukraine detained a group of people whose members are suspected of extorting money from entrepreneurs and wealthy citizens. They allegedly threatened them with murder, in particular their children, as the SBU press center reported.
It is also noted that the group of suspects includes five local residents. Some of them have previously been prosecuted and served sentences for violent and property crimes.
"In one of the documented episodes of criminal activity, the members of the group demanded from a Kharkiv resident, who is engaged in professional medical practice in the field of plastic surgery, 35,000 dollars, threatening to kill his young child in case of non-payment of money. At first, the attackers demanded $ 100,000 from the doctor, but later they agreed to a smaller amount," reads the message.
Four men were detained in Kharkiv while receiving the agreed amount. During searches of their places of residence, they seized mobile phones from which death threats were carried out, as well as other evidence of illegal activity.
Now the detainees have been informed of suspicion of committing a crime under Part 4 of Art. 189 of the Criminal Code. The issue of announcing suspicion to the fifth person involved in criminal proceedings and the election of all members of the criminal group of preventive measures in the form of detention without the right to bail is being resolved.
In case of proof of guilt for this crime, the suspects face a penalty of imprisonment for a term of 7 to 12 years with confiscation of property.