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Moldova journalists, law experts protest for full online publicity of court decisions, Supreme Council of Magistrates partially fulfills expectations

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On October 10th, several journalists, lawyers, legal experts and civil society representatives protested in front of the building of the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM) of Moldova against the new publishing rules for court decisions. The draft initially intended to anonymize the identities of any persons involved in the court decisions on the site of the court decisions.

Source: zdg.md

An appeal signed by over 70 NGOs reads that the new rules would close the judicial system from the public, decrease the trust in the justice and cancel the major progress of Moldova in ensuring transparency of the judicial system starting from 2009. The journalists and the civil society representatives argue that the tracking of the penal history of wanna-be politicians or the monitoring of corruption would be impossible once the anonymization takes place.

The night before the protest, Justice Minister Vladimir Cebotari wrote on his Facebook page that he had told the Magistrates from CSM not to approve the draft of the published court decisions.

In the end, the Council of Magistrates approved a draft created by the Supreme Court of Justice, one that is allegedly in accordance with the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. Even if they were asked to review some too general provisions, the members of the Council still approved the rules on publishing the court decisions. According to Ziarul de Gardă that published the draft, the anonymization would be in place only in some cases (what specific cases?). Nevertheless, the draft still does not have the provision for the publishing of the agenda of a trial and the provision for publishing information on sessions and hearings at least three days ahead of them.

On the same day, a member of the Council, Teodor Cârnaț, resigned after he failed the integrity test with the polygraph when applying for the position of chair of the National Integrity Authority. Cârnaț has been a member of the Council since 2013.

How much integrity can other members of the Supreme Council hold in them, yet? Are they afraid only of fully published and available online court decisions?

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The complaints filed by Vlad Filat with the European Court of Human Rights will be examined as a matter of priority

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Victor Munteanu, the lawyer of the former prime minister of Moldova – Vlad Filat, submitted a petition requesting to prioritize the examination of the complaints advanced earlier to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) regarding the case of Vlad Filat. The request was approved, as on January 9th the representative of Vlad Filat was informed that the complaints will be examined as a matter of priority.

When examining such requests, the Court takes into account the importance and urgency of the issues raised by the applicants. In the case of Vlad Filat’s requests, the President of Section II decided that the complaints should be treated as a matter of priority.

Vlad Filat was arrested in the Parliament building on October 15th, 2015, after a declaration made by Ilan Şor concerning the Great Moldovan Bank Robbery. The former prime minister of Moldova was sentenced to 9 years imprisonment, being accused of lobbyism and passive corruption. The estimated damage reached the amount of 250 million dollars, being represented by funds that were withdrawn from state-owned banks.

Vlad Filat has filed two complaints to the European Court of Human Rights, through which he claimed violation of human rights protected by the European Convention: the right to liberty and security, detention conditions, the right to a fair trial, deprivation of the deputy mandate before the decision of the Supreme Court of Justice was announced and the political nature of the criminal case started against him.

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Take a look at Vlad Plahotniuc’s new business affairs from the United Arab Emirates and the Samoa Islands

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Moldovan Democratic Party Chairman Vlad Plahotniuc’s declaration of wealth has been made public on the Central Electoral Commission website.

Thus, the candidate of the Moldovan Parliament and oligarch declares that during the period 2017-2018 he might have received benefits and dividends of over 4.550.000, 11.600.000 lei and 347.500 dollars from his new business – Vanguard International Ltd in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates United, business affairs of which no one knew before, writes Mold-street.com.

Offshore in Samoa

Another 4.200.000 lei, declared by Vladimir Plahotniuc, represents the return of his share in Prime Capital SRL, a company that was liquidated in October 2018 and which had Andrian Candu and Cezara Salinski as business partners.

Moreover, the Democrat Party leader declares 1.000.000 dollars collected from the sale of a car, but also another offshore named Vanguard International Group Ltd (aka Vanguard International Group) in Apia, the capital of the Samoa islands in the Pacific Ocean.

An antique books collection worth 11.000.000 lei and other bank accounts

Plahotniuc also reports volumes of antique books worth 3.200.000 lei, books of universal value worth 7.800.000 lei, a piano worth 131.000 euros, 4 luxury Mercedes vehicles with a total value of about 5.000.000 lei and 5 buildings, including an apartment of 235 square meters, a commercial space of 300 square meters and two garages.

Vladimir Plahotniuc holds more than 500.000 euros on the accounts of the banks he owns: Victoriabank, Moldova-AgroindBank, and Mobiasbanca, over 700,000 dollars and hundreds of thousands of lei, writes Mold-street.com.

Vladimir Plahotniuc is the president of the Democratic Party of Moldova since December 2016.

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The CEC declined to register the candidates of the “Shor” party

The 51 candidates of the “Shor” Party were not registered in the electoral race. The Central Electoral Commission has identified a number of deviations regarding the set of documents submitted. The formation can eliminate the irregularities by January 24th.

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Yesterday, 2nd of January, the Central Electoral Commission in Chisinau refused to register a Socialist Party candidate, one candidate from the bloc ACUM and nine candidates from the Communist Party, because of failing to submit certificates of integrity.

Ilan Shor was sentenced to seven and a half years in jail in June 2017. On the same day, he was released from home arrest until today, under “judicial control”, until the final sentence by the Court of Call Cahul.

The “Shor” party was not registered by the Central Electoral Commission following several irregularities detected in the acts filed by the party. According to CEC president Alina Russu, there is time for corrections and filing the case again by January 24th.

“The president approves, signs and presents the list of candidates, according to the laws, but the list is not signed by the president,” said Vasile Gafton, CEC member, mentioning that this is a serious mistake.

The Central Electoral Commission registered yesterday, January 2, the first electoral contestants in the national constituency at the parliamentary elections of February 24, 2019:

  1. Democratic Party of Moldova (with 53 candidates);
  2. Political Party “Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova” (with 54 candidates).
  3. Election Bloc “ACUM – DPPA and PAS” (with 54 candidates);
  4. Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldova (with 41 candidates).

The CEC has also registered the electoral symbols for printing in the ballot papers, confirmed the representatives with consultative voting rights and the persons responsible for the treasurers of the respective electoral contestants.

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