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Chișinău Court decides Romania ex-President Traian Băsescu gets Moldovan citizenship revoked

22 January 2018- The Chișinău Court rejected the request of former Romania’s President, Traian Băsescu, to cancel Igor Dodon’s decree to strip Băsescu of his Moldovan citizenship.

“It is not clear to me, but the decision of the court must be respected. I will not comment the decision”, declared Băsescu after the trial.

The legal adviser to President Igor Dodon, Maxim Lebedinschi, seemed satisfied with the decision:

“Offering citizenship of Moldova to persons under penal investigation is prohibited. At the moment (he) received the citizenship, he was part of several penal cases. Mr.Băsescu did not prove until today how he told the Moldovan authorities that he was under penal investigation”, said Lebedinschi.

Andrei Bivol, Băsescu’s lawyer, thinks the decision is illegal:

“It is an inexistent argument. This hiding regards facts that were absolutely known. The law on the citizenship does not stipulate the obligation to present such information. He (Băsescu) was not asked additional information. The alleged errors could not be contested by withdrawing the citizenship. President Dodon chose to go on the easiest path”, stated Bivol, adding that an appeal to the court’s decision is taken into consideration.

On 3 January 2017, Moldova’s President, Igor Dodon, revoked by decree the Moldovan citizenship of the former Romania President, Traian Băsescu. Dodon based his decision on the 88th article of the Moldovan Constitution, which stipulates that the President of Moldova has the competence to decide “issues of citizenship”. Previously, Dodon declared that he would revoke Băsescu’s Moldovan citizenship, because the decree of ex-President Nicolae Timofti to offer the citizenship for his merits would be illegal, would not be approved by several institutions and that the Romanian President would act against the Moldovan statehood.

Former Romania President, Traian Băsescu, got his Moldovan citizenship in November 2016 and even managed for Dodon’s counter-candidate, Maia Sandu, in the Presidential elections.

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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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Mihai Poalelungi was appointed the judge of the Constitutional Court

Mihai Poalelungi, the only registered candidate for the position, was appointed as the judge of the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Moldova. His candidacy has been approved by the Superior Council of Magistrates.

The position of the judge at the Constitutional Court became vacant after Tudor Panţîru resigned as president and judge in January due to personal reasons.

The Constitutional Court has six judges that are appointed by the Parliament, the Government, and the Superior Council of Magistracy. They may hold office for two terms.

The former head of Moldova’s Supreme Court, Mihai Poalelungi has previously told Ziarul de Garda that he wants to “make better constitutional justice in Moldova”:

 “There is a close link between the subject of my practical work in Strasbourg and the area of constitutional law, and I believe that I will positively contribute to the achievement of a better constitutional justice in Moldova under my appointment to this position”, the magistrate said.

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