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LEGATHON: Hack Corruption. Law to the People – an event for young people passionate about IT

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The “LEGATHON: Hack Corruption. Law to the People” is an event which is organised for the first time in Moldova, being designed to gather 30 young professionals and enthusiasts passionate about programming languages, databases, UX and web design.

Guided by information technology specialists and anti-corruption experts and working in six teams by five persons, the participants will develop applications for the National Anticorruption Centre’s (NAC), which would be easily accessible to the general public and would allow reporting the laws or normative acts containing ambiguous provisions which may generate corruption cases, as well as build a friendly environment for people who have difficulties in interpreting the legislation, according to the NAC official page. The best application proposal will be actually used for the NAC platform and will be awarded.

LEGATHON will take place on November 8-10 at Digital Park in Chișinău.

The event is organised within the framework of the “Curbing Corruption by Building Sustainable Integrity in the Republic of Moldova” Project, implemented by UNDP in partnership with the National Anticorruption Centre, with the financial support of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

See more details on the event’s Facebook page.

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Former head of the Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office is under arrest

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Viorel Morari, former head of the Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office, was detained for a period of 20 days, in addition to initial 72 hours. A criminal case related to forgery of administrative documents and abuse of power was filed, on December 26, against him, based on notification documents registered with the General Prosecutor’s Office, as it is announced in a press release of the General Prosecutor’s Office.

On January 10, 2020, Viorel Morari was recognised as a suspect in the criminal investigation, he was detained and was to be involved in hearings related to the case.

” Viorel Morari is suspected that, in March 2017, he received from Vladimir Plahotniuc a complaint that was registered against the legal requirements, filing a criminal case and subsequently criminal prosecution, and falsifying several procedural documents within the criminal case. All of these actions were performed to protect the interests of his own and those of his complainant, the latter being involved as a suspect in a criminal case regarding the bank fraud, as well as obstructing the fast, complete and objective investigation of this criminal case,” it is mentioned in the press release.

In the criminal prosecution, Viorel Morari did not admit the commission of the crimes he is suspected of and, at this stage, does not cooperate with the investigation.

Morari was temporarily removed from office, at the beginning of December, during an internal control of prosecutors initiated by the new Prosecutor General Alexandru Stoianoglo. The decision to perform the controls was issued after Viorel Morari’s announcement of resuming the investigation into the Russian financing of the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova.

Former head of the Anti-corruption Prosecutor’s Office told journalists that he does not exclude that the investigation would be related to the case on financing the socialists. Morari does not exclude that the general prosecutor, Alexandr Stoianoglo, would be connected to President Igor Dodon, and that he would like to see him detained, taking into account certain information Morari knows.

In a public message, head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, Peter Michalko, stated that the EU institutions closely monitor what happens in prosecution in Moldova.

We are watching very closely what is happening in prosecution in Moldova. During last months, the anti-corruption…

Geplaatst door Peter Michalko op Zaterdag 11 januari 2020

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Study: Moldova doesn’t have proper mechanisms for protecting the asylum seekers arriving in the country

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Just before International Migrants Day, the State Office of the Ombudsman in cooperation with the Law Centre for Lawyers from Moldova published the results of their jointly conducted study: “Respecting the rights of foreign citizens who are being in the state custody.”

According to a press release published on the website of the State Information Agency, which presented the main outcomes of the study, the national mechanisms that regulate the status of foreigners are focused on identifying the reasons for removing the foreigners from the Republic of Moldova, rather than ensuring the necessary protection for them, the legal norms do not offer effective guarantees to the applicants for protection, and the administrative bodies often abuse the assigned prerogatives. 

Especially, the study refers to the fact that the national law of the Republic of Moldova allows the return of foreigners to the territories where they could be exposed to torture, inhuman or degrading treatment, regardless of the risk they pose to national security and public order. There are inconsistencies between the legislation on the regime of foreigners in the Republic of Moldova and the Administrative Code of the country.

Infringements of existing legal framework and commitments made by Moldova within the pale of international treaties were discovered within the study. The competent authorities do not always respect the principle of non-return according to the Geneva Convention. Therefore, it may be accused of violating the provisions of Article 33 of the Geneva Convention.

Moreover, according to the study, there is no certainty that a foreign person who is detained in Moldova is provided with anti-torture guarantees (a lawyer, a doctor, informing relatives, an interpreter, the right to remain silent, etc.) until the actual documentation period. Cases of ignoring asylum applications, failure to provide access to the asylum procedure, immediate return to the country of origin or immediate take-off, detention on the territory of the airport for a long time, failure to inform the Bureau for Migration and Asylum about the arrival of asylum seekers or the delayed information about this fact were declared as being identified at Chișinău International Airport.

The Law Centre for Lawyers from Moldova recorded situations where asylum seekers were declared undesirable, while still being in the administrative procedure for examining their asylum applications or immediately after an administrative decision rejecting the application for asylum was issued, without any possibility of appealing against such a decision.

The trigger of the study was the case of six Turkish citizens whose rights were violated by being abducted and surrendered to the Turkish authorities in the form of a camouflaged expulsion (illegal transfer of persons), despite all international commitments. The State Ombudsman condemned the decision of the authorities, at that time, and presented an opinion accompanied by recommendations in the Parliament.

The study assessed the situation from 2018 to 2019, referring to the entry, stay, removal, request for protection, public custody, as well as the exit of foreigners from Moldova.

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Prime Minister Ion Chicu met with several high-ranking officials in Strasbourg

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Prime Minister Ion Chicu paid a visit to several important institutions in Strasbourg and met with their high-ranking officials today. First, as it was announced in a statement of the Government of Moldova, Prime Minister Chicu discussed with the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić.

Prime Minister Chicu expressed his gratitude for the constant support given to the Republic of Moldova during the 25 years partnership between Moldova and the Council of Europe. He confirmed the commitment of the Republic of Moldova to implement the Association Agreement with the EU, the top priorities being the justice reform and the modernisation of the economy. The prime minister mentioned that the expertise provided by the structures of the Council of Europe, as well as the dose of constructive criticism, are indispensable to the country’s efforts to advance the implementation of internal reforms, according to the statement.

Prime Minister Ion Chicu and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, during their meeting |source: gov.md

The head of the Moldovan Government also had a meeting with the President of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos. During their meeting, the officials exchanged opinions regarding the conditions of detention in the Republic of Moldova, Prime Minister Chicu mentioning the Government’s intention to advance in the building project of a new penitentiary, with the financial assistance of the Council of Europe Development Bank. On the other hand, Ion Chicu expressed the Government’s support for the process of reforming the ECHR and the mechanisms for examining the applications submitted to the Court, as well as he appreciated the contribution of the European Court in promoting democratic reforms and human rights in the Republic of Moldova, as another Government statement claimed.

Prime Minister Ion Chicu and the President of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos |source: gov.md

The third meeting was held between Prime Minister Ion Chicu and the President of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (known also as the Venice Commission), Gianni BuquicchioThe central topic of the officials’ discussions concerned the implementation of justice reform in the Republic of Moldova. The Prime Minister Chicu informed the Venice Commission president that the Moldovan executive took note of the institution’s opinion on the Law on the reform of the Supreme Court of Justice and the Prosecutor’s Office, claiming that the adjusted bill will be presented soon for a final opinion during the session of the Venice Commission in March 2020.

Prime Minister Ion Chicu and the President of the Venice Commission, Gianni Buquicchio |source: gov.md

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