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2017: Moldovans filed 9% fewer complaints with the ECtHR, but still three times more than the European average

26 January 2018- The Legal Resources Centre from Moldova (CRJM- Centrul de Resurse Juridice din Moldova) analyzed the activity of the European Court for Human Rights (ECtHR) in 2017 in order to compare Moldova’s cases with the ones of other European states.

After analyzing the 2017 Annual Report of ECtHR, the Centre found out that the number of complaints regarding Moldova decreased by 9%, compared to 2016. Nevertheless, the number of complaints of Moldovan citizens is three times higher than the European average. CRJM’s experts believe that the decrease of complaints is due to the unpopularity of the Court, which rejected without motivation more than 8600 complaints during 2011-2016.

On 31 December 2017, some 1348 Moldovan complaints were still pending for examination, and 89% of them are considered to have a chance of success.

From 1997 until the end of 2017, the ECtHR issued 354 decisions on Moldovan cases, out of which 17- in 2017. The most frequent types of human rights violations found by the Court are the non-execution of court decisions, the mistreatment and inadequate investigation of mistreatment, the detention in bad conditions, the illegal closing of irrevocable court decisions.

Until 31 December 2017, the Republic of Moldova was obliged to pay over 16,3 million euros (107,348 euros in 2017, approx. 190 thousand euros in 2016) based on the decisions of the ECtHR. CRJM says that this sum is bigger than the entire budget of the courts in 2015.

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Andrian Candu about the 7 expelled Turkish citizens: the case is not related to today’s government in Moldova or Turkey

Photo: Facebook // Nadejda Roșcovanu

Today, Andrian Candu, Parliament Speaker, held a press conference after the parliamentary hearings in the case of the expulsion of 7 Turkish citizens from the country, organized on the platform of the National Security, Defense and Public Order Commission and the Parliamentary Control Committee on the Information and Security Service.

“It should be noted that this subject is complicated. Since 1997-1998, the SIS has overwhelmed terrorism (n.red: referring to the 7 Turkish expelled citizens). In the last 3-4 years, 48 foreign persons are oversight. 18 were declared undesirable and 7 were expelled. They have no connection with whoever is in Moldova or Turkey,” declared Candu among other statements.

According to the official, during the last 4-5 years, there are 60-70 expulsions and this is not a novelty for the authorities.

After completing his speech, Andrian Candu left the conference room without answering the questions of any attending journalists.

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Justice Minister: Moldova has an inter-state conflict with Russia on the control of Transnistria

12 April 2018- The Justice Minister of Moldova, Victoria Iftodi, has participated at the Ministerial Conference in Denmark where more than 20 Justice Ministers adopted the Copenhagen Declaration. The latter voices the concerns of the overload of cases over at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and proposes recommendations.

Iftodi reportedly motivated that the overload of the ECtHR shows the necessity to reform the national system of justice and its performance in the remedy of human rights violations. The Justice Minister emphasized the need to ensure the universality of the human rights to an equal extent in the inter-state areas:

“The Republic of Moldova is confronted with a situation of inter-state conflict with the Russian Federation. As the European Court of Human Rights repeatedly stated, the Republic of Moldova does not exercise an effective control in the occupied territories. Appealing to the ECtHR remains to be the sole efficient method of remedy of the violations of fundamental rights of residents of those territories”, declared Iftodi.

The European Convention for Human Rights entered into force on 12 September 1997 in Moldova.

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Former MP Chiril Lucinschi condemned to 5 years and a half of prison for money laundering

4 April 2018- The Court of Chișinău (Buiucani) condemned Chiril Lucinschi, former MP, and son of second President of Moldova Petru Lucinschi, to 5 years and a half of imprisonment. The sentence is also accompanied by a penalty fee of 27500 Lei for false declarations, and a ban of 4 years on occupying public positions.

According to the Anticorruption Prosecution Office of Moldova, half of Lucinschi’s two lands, his house, and 23 thousand euros were confiscated within the case.

“There is a feeling that the sentence was written in a place other than court. This sentence is illegal. We showed all proof destroying the accusations”, said the ex-MP after the court session, quoted by Newsmaker.

Lucinschi will be out of domicile arrest but under judiciary control until the final sentence is made public. Prosecutor Eugen Rurac did not indicate if he would appeal the decision, while Lucinschi’s lawyers said that they would contest the sentence and the 10 months long house arrest of their client at the ECtHR.

God forbid if you end up in court and have to face the Moldovan justice. I am sorry about the law students: they learn one thing and have to face another one. From the very beginning, the proof presented by the prosecution was illegal and the court should not have received it”lawyer Corina Stratan told Newsmaker.

Ex-MP Chiril Lucinschi risks up to 10 years of imprisonment for money laundering

Chiril Lucinschi was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Center and the Anti-Corruption Prosecution Office on May 25th. Lucinschi is accused, together with three representatives of a company, of money laundering from Banca de Economii (BEM), Banca Socială and Unibank.

Chiril Lucinschi, son of the second President of the independent Moldova Petru Lucinschi, has been a Liberal-Democrat deputy since December 2010. He left the Parliament in February 2017 and ceded 75% of shares at TV7 to an association of journalists.

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