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Ilan Shor’s case of defrauding and laundering of 5 billion lei from Banca de Economii sent to the court

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On August 24th, the Anticorruption Prosecution Office announced the finishing of the penal investigation and the sending of the case regarding the defrauding and the money laundering conducted by the former administration council head of Banca de Economii (BEM) Ilan Shor, now mayor of Orhei.

According to the prosecutors, Shor is accused of obtaining more than 5 billion lei from BEM in loans, a sum confirmed by the Kroll report, and then laundering them through offshore companies. The loans would be given on the basis of some fake warranties of reimbursement from diverse banking institutions from the Russian Federation. Shor reportedly convinced the members of the administration council, which later declared that they were told to vote because the debtors were serious economic agents and the interest rates were high.

The prosecutors found that the accused person had tried to hide the origin of the financial resources gotten from BEM through a series of transfers from some offshore accounts to others, fact confirmed by committees of prosecutors from abroad.

Shor refused to recognize his involvement in the scheme, mentioning that it had been set by former PM Vlad Filat, who allegedly asked to help businessman Veaceslav Platon pay back debts to other banks from Moldova.

The prosecutors still think that Ilan Shor is punishable for defrauding and money laundering in big proportions, risking imprisonment of up to 15 years.

The case will be examined by the Court of Buiucani.

The Prosecution Office announced that more than 20 cases regarding the frauds from Banca de Economii, Banca Socială and Unibank were sent to the court. Former head of BEM administration council Grigore Gacichevici, former members of BEM council and other persons liable of money laundering, traffic influence and passive corruption are accused in these cases.

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Derek J. Hogan: Russia may get involved in the upcoming Moldovan parliamentary elections // VIDEO

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The Russian Federation may be involved in the Moldovan parliamentary elections of February 24, 2019. The statement was made on Tuesday, December 11, by the US Ambassador to Moldova, Derek J. Hogan, during an official visit to the city Balti, writes Nordnews.md.

The US diplomat met with deputies Gennady Shmulschii and Lilia Sava.

In addition to representatives of the local public administration, Hogan also met with representatives of political parties in the territory.

“I do understand that you’re on the eve of the parliamentary elections and so I wanted to know how the process is going on here,” said Derek J. Hogan.

Derek J. Hogan has also mentioned that it is possible for the Russian Federation to intervene in the elections of February 24, 2019, just as it happened in the United States in 2016.

“We believe that the involvement in a country’s internal affairs is not a rarity. As you  already know, this has also happened in the US and we believe that it is very likely to happen here as well. So, we work very actively with authorities and political parties in order to inform them about our experience,” the US diplomat noted.

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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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