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Moldova former Transportation Minister condemned to one year and four months of prison



On August 9th, Chișinău Court condemned the former Minister of Transportation, Iurie Chirinciuc, to one year and four months of semiclosed prison, a fee of 35 thousand lei and a 5 years ban to occupy any public position.

The sentence for influence traffic and abuse of power will be delayed for one year.

Prosecutor Victoria Furtună actually demanded 3 years of imprisonment, a fee of 1700 conventional units and only a 3 years ban from public service.

On April 27th, the Anti-Corruption officers and prosecutors arrested four persons apparently involved in a case of passive corruption. One of them is the Minister of Transportation and Road Infrastructure, Liberal Iurie Chirinciuc. Another person is the interim director of Road Administration and two of the arrested persons are heads of construction companies.

All of them are suspected of organizing a scheme of defrauding huge sums of money from road construction projects like the R6 M1 Ialoveni RSP/W6/05, financed by the European Investment Bank. Minister Chirinciuc together with the respective economic agents were forcing the contracted company to subcontract the affiliated companies.

Previously, Chirinciuc declared that his arrest had been made to “push the uninominal vote”, meaning that the Democratic Party (controlling the justice and prosecution system) wanted to get the draft law on the single-member constituency system approved in the Parliament. In the meantime, another mixed electoral system was approved.

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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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US Ambassador: Moldova’s “progress disappointed” in 2017, some laws are “a step back”



The United States Ambassador to Moldova, James D. Pettit, declared in a TV8 interview that Moldova’s “progress” was disappointing in 2017. According to Pettit, some laws promoted by the Moldovan authorities constituted “a step back for the country”.

“Last years, the international development partners were slightly disappointed with the lack of progress. Recently, (I) have seen different draft laws that were effectively a step back”, declared His Excellency. As dubious and problematic, Pettit mentioned the switch to the new electoral system and the draft law on the “decriminalizing of the economic crimes”, pushed by the Economy Ministry. At the same time, he pointed out that corruption is the problem number one and that Moldova needs structural reforms, not only technical ones.

Ambassador Pettit is not impressed by the 4% economic growth either:

We are happy to have seen economic growth, but I would say that 4% for such a small country like Moldova is a relatively modest achievement”, added the American Ambassador.

Despite the critique brought by the US and EU Ambassadors, the Prime-Minister, Pavel Filip, did not renounce from the draft law on “decriminalizing economic crimes”, claiming that the idea came out of the “discussions with business”.

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Moldovan prosecutors conducted over 4300 special surveillance operations in 2017



The General Prosecution’s Office of Moldova published a short summary of the report on the “special investigation activities” conducted in 2017 by prosecutors.

Within 57313 penal cases, the prosecutors sent 4367 requests authorizing special investigation measures by courts. 50 requests were rejected.

Most frequent “special measures” were:

  • intercepting and recording communication and images- 3142 cases;
  • collecting information from operators of electronic communication services- 803 cases;
  • localizing with technical means such as GPS- 287;
  • researching the domicile and/or placing audio and video recording devices within the domicile buildings- 63;
  • monitoring or control of financial transactions- 12;
  • supervising the domicile through technical means- 10.

In 581 cases, special surveillance actions were authorized directly by the prosecutors:

  • identifying the client, the owner or the user of the communication services- 264 cases;
  • visual surveillance- 151;
  • control of the extorted money or goods transfers- 99;
  • control acquisition- 31;
  • control delivery- 2.

According to the General Prosecutor, the special investigation measures were conducted in investigating “serious, very serious and exceptionally serious crimes”.

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