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Democratic Party spokesperson: Romanian order over investigation of Plahotniuc is about the facts, not the person

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On November 14th, the spokesperson of the Democratic Party of Moldova, Vitalie Gamurari, came up with a reaction on the recent leak of an order issued by a Romanian prosecutor to investigate Vladimir Plahotniuc over the allegations of organized crime, blackmailing, fraud and money laundering.

Gamurari called media’s reports “a new manipulation campaign” on Vlad Plahotniuc being investigated in Romania. The Democrat spokesperson explains that the leaked document stipulated the investigation of the signaled violations of law, not necessarily against the Democrat leader:

“It is a penal complaint forwarded by the accused Veaceslav Platon against Mr. Vlad Plahotniuc. Thus, if someone would submit a penal complaint tomorrow in Romania against anyone of us, the organs of investigation would do same, would launch the penal investigation to see if the submitted complaint is true or not”, declared Gamurari.

He added that Plahotniuc has letters from Romania’s Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism and from Bucharest Prosecution Office from June and August 2017, so he is allegedly not the suspect of any penal case. The spokesperson advised the media to consult the jurists in the case of the leaked order.

According to the leaked testimony and the corresponding prosecution order, Moldovan businessman Veaceslav Platon accused Plahotniuc of forcing him to participate in the acquisition of shares of companies and banks. The Democrat oligarch allegedly got the shares in his possession through proxies like the Parliament speaker Andrian Candu, his close partner Sergey Yaralov, Vladimir Andronache and other persons from the circle of the Democratic Party of Moldova. Platon, condemned in Moldova to 18 years of prison for frauds and money laundering, complained to the Romanian prosecutors that his multiple letters of complaints and demands were ignored by the National Bank and the investigation organs in Moldova, presumably under Vlad Plahotniuc’s influence.

Based on Platon’s statements, Romanian Prosecutor Raluca Negulescu launched a penal investigation on the fact of constituting an organized crime group, blackmailing, fraud and money laundering. The investigation is possible because Plahotniuc is a Romanian citizen. The order of launching penal investigation against Vlad Plahotniuc dates back to 17 April 2017.

Despite the fact he holds no governmental position, Vlad Plahotniuc is known for his control over the Government, judiciary branch, prosecution system and the anti-corruption bodies through his proxy Democratic Party, vassal-parties and particular persons in the top of management of Moldovan state institutions. Vlad Plahotniuc is often called the one and only oligarch left in Moldova, the grey eminence or the puppeteer of Moldovan politics. He was officially elected as the leader of the Democratic Party at the 8th Congress in December 2016.

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Andrian Candu asks the Constitutional Court to suspend President Dodon for the fifth time

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The pre-electoral political theatre lead by the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM) and  Socialist Party of Moldova (PSRM) continues.

The head of state, Igor Dodon, could be temporarily suspended for the fifth time since taking office. Speaker of Parliament Andrian Candu and Democratic deputy Sergiu Sirbu filed a complaint to the Constitutional Court. Today, the judges will decide whether the suspension will happen.

According to the case filed by Andrian Candu and Sergiu Sirbu, the head of state refused to promulgate several laws, although the Constitution obliges him to do so after being revoked in Parliament.

Thus, Dodon is accused of refusing to promulgate five laws approved by Parliament, including the construction of the US Embassy on the site of the former Republican Stadium, the celebration of 9 May as Europe Day, the new Audiovisual Code, and the reform of the Carabineer Troop Department.

So far, Igor Dodon has been suspended from office four times, and the bonds were met by Parliament Speaker Andrian Candu.

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Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova has accepted the offer to join the ACUM resistance movement

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A couple of days ago, Dignity and Truth Platform Party (DTPP) leader Andrei Nastase declared that the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova (LDPM) and the Liberal Party (PL) should not participate in the parliamentary elections in February 2019. Instead, some of the exponents of the two Formations could be found on the Block List “ACUM” and in some constituencies. Moreover, Nastase asserted that his party and Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) will not negotiate anything with LDPM and PL representatives, as the electoral bloc will not “expand” under any circumstances.

Today, despite the statements of Andrei Năstase, LDPM vice-president Ion Terguţă announced on his Facebook page that his party will join the ACUM resistance movement.

“LDPM has accepted the offer ACUM. There will be fire.”

It seems that the decision was taken today at the meeting of the LDPM National Political Council. Thus, the Liberal Democratic Party of Moldova will participate in the elections of 24 February in the composition of the ACUM block, which includes the PAS and DTPP parties.

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Maia Sandu reacts harshly to the Democratic Party (PDM) accusations: “Plahotniuc is so scared that he’s making fun of himself”

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“The PD’s animalistic fear of losing power after parliamentary elections and the anti-citizen police used as instruments against the opposition are drawing to an end the totalitarian nature of this regime. From their press release, it appears that the only crime in this state is to be an electoral competitor. Moreover, through this communiqué, state institutions are de facto suggested to act in the sense of taking punitive measures against PD’s political opponents.”

This is how begins the public letter signed by Maia Sandu in response to the press release published by the Democratic Party of Moldova, in which “it noticed the appearance on the eve of the electoral campaign of several skirmishes regarding the violation by some parties and organizations of the civil provisions of the Law on Political Parties, the Electoral Code and the Audiovisual Code”.

Democrats, headed by Vladimir Plahotniuc, argue that they have detected “illegalities that can negatively influence the electoral process” and have officially notified the institutions responsible for holding elections. The PD accuses “some parties” of “incorrect mode” by which they would try to influence the outcome of the elections and discredit their conduct. Read the full story here.

Maia Sandu’s message continues like this:

“The accusation of the pro-European opposition that by “distributing prospectuses, calendars, creating the ACUM website” would carry out “pre-term electoral campaigning” denotes a naughty legal nihilism on the part of the Democratic Party. The concept of “electoral agitation” is explicitly defined in the electoral legislation (Article 1 of the Electoral Code), and no action mentioned in this communiqué undertaken by the members and supporters of the two parties circumscribes the notion of “electoral agitation”. Neither national legislation nor international law prohibits the promotion of their own image outside the electoral campaign. In a democracy, it is natural to have one’s own sites and to print informative materials to the citizens. It seems that what PDM wants is to become a single party ruling this country and make use of all state institutions in order to block all ways of communication.

The PD’s attempt to equalize electoral agitation with a simple information of the population aims to de facto prevent the opposition from communicating with the citizens of this country.

Given that the PD holds the monopoly on the television and the media in the Republic of Moldova, which daily manipulates public opinion through propaganda and outrageous lies, the attempt to prohibit the printing and distribution of information materials represents the annihilation of the political struggle as such.

Or is it that talking with the citizens in the Republic of Moldova is already a ban? If they could, Plahotniuc would generally forbid us to open our mouths and speak up.

Regarding the overseas movements of party leaders who announced the creation of the Future Block ACUM.md, we state that all these are perfectly legal and transparent. On this occasion, we inform the public that next week the leaders of the PAS and the DA Platform will be in Strasbourg at the last plenary session of the European Parliament and will inform the MEPs about the slippages that the dictatorial regime in Chisinau continues to commit.

We note that of the five examples offered by PD, only one refers to the PSRM and, surprisingly, none to the DP, not to mention other parties, including convicted guerrillas. This is in the context in which both PSRM and PD go through villages with potato bags, bribing voters and offering election memories, which is expressly forbidden in law.

Plahotniuc, the main thief of the Republic of Moldova, is so scared that he’s making fun of himself.”

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