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Moldova prosecutors launch case on attempt of kidnapping and assassination of Transnistria ex-leader Shevchuk

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In an interview for Deschide.md, Nicolae Chitoroagă, chief prosecutor of Prosecution Office for Organized Crime, declared that a penal case was initiated on the attempt of kidnapping and assassination of the former leader of the separatist Transnistria, Evgeny Shevchuk, and his family.

According to Chitoroagă, the case was launched on 17 of July after a complaints had been submitted by Shevchuk, who identified himself as citizen of the Russian Federation:

“I want to tell you that the danger he referred to is absolutely real. As a consequence, he and his family are protected by the laws of the Republic of Moldova, like every citizen on the territory of Moldova. We are obliged to ensure the health and security of these people”, said Chitoroagă.

Asked about an allegation of high treason committed by Shevchuk as a separatist leader, the chief prosecutor said that it is under examination. Previously, Promo-LEX human rights group stated that there are, at least, three penal reasons to arrest Shevchuk.

Suspected of huge frauds by the current separatist administration, former president of the breakaway Transnistria, Evgeny Shevchuk, found refuge on the right bank of Nistru river- territory controlled by the constitutional authorities, where nobody would expect a Transnistrian politician to refuge in. Shevchuk chose (or had to choose) the right bank to escape from a potential assasination ordered by the Transnistrian “Sheriff” corporation chief, Victor Gushan. In several Facebook posts, the former so-called president took up to explain that his former boss (Shevchuk previously worked for Sheriff) actually controls the government in the Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic through his proxies in the Supreme Soviet and the current leader Vadim Krasnoselski. In his opinion, the region’s prosecutors illegally conducted searches at his Dacha in Stroentzy village in Rybnitsa district, at the same time by threatening his parents.

Evgeny Shevchuk was the president of the breakaway region between 2011 and 2016.

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The Democratic Party of Moldova faction returns to Parliament

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Ex-PM and president of the Democratic Party of Moldova faction stated that the Democrats are coming back to parliament, though in opposition. At the same time, he claims that the Democratic Party will vote for the draft laws that will be for Moldovan citizens, even if they will come from the deputies from the new parliamentary majority, writes ZdG.

“We will be an active and constructive opposition,” Filip said in a press briefing.

At the same time, the former Minister of Education, Culture, and Research, DPM member Monica Babuc, will be proposed by the parliamentary faction of her party as vice-president of the Legislature.

Vladimir Plahotniuc, too, has published something on his Facebook page today. It is his first message from the withdrawal of the Democratic Party from the government. The leader of the Democrats announces that he is not in the country and that he no longer feels safe in Moldova.

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Moldovan Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration is on official visit to the United States

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Today, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Nicu Popescu, announced that he is officially visiting the US, one of the first plans since the government of Maia Sandu.

“There are a few very busy days, with many official meetings in Washington,” said Nicu Popescu.

Moreover, the official declared a special moment of his visit would be meeting with the US diaspora.

On the 13th of June, Nicu Popescu presented the situation in the Republic of Moldova to 50 G7 diplomats (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America).

The presentation took place at the Foreign Ministry of France, the country holding the G7 chairmanship.

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Maia Sandu asks the magistrates of the Moldovan Constitutional Court to submit their resignation letters

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PM Maia Sandu was disturbed by the communiqué issued by the Constitutional Court. The report issued by the CC said that the reason for the annulment of the decisions taken on 7-9 June is “the situation in the Republic of Moldova, especially the announcement of the transfer of power to the Government of Sandu and the coalition formed in the Parliament Republic of Moldova”. Note that three of the six magistrates of the Constitutional Court come from the Democratic Party.

“The judges of the Constitutional Court continue their delirium, nationally and internationally shaming the institution they represent. In essence, the Court, rather than recognizing that it participated in the desperate attempt of the Democratic Party to maintain its power unlawfully, justifies its decision only by the fact that this is the situation at present in the Republic of Moldova. I call this approach inappropriate from the perspective of respect for the Supreme State Law. The Constitutional Court must adopt acts in accordance with the provisions of the letter and spirit of the Constitution, and not based on the decisions and behavior of the political actors in the country. At the same time, I ask the judges of the Court to submit their resignations immediately if they still have a little honor and respect for the Constitution of the Republic of Moldova and the citizens of this country,” says Maia Sandu.

Romanian Judge Cristi Danileţ, a former member of the Superior Council of Magistracy in Romania, claims that the decision of the Constitutional Court on the cancellation of the judgments issued on 7-9 June is legally unprecedented.

Previously, the Constitutional Court ruled by Plahotniuc, declared unconstitutional the election of the leadership of the Moldovan Parliament and the vote of the new Government, and later instituted the interim president, after having previously decided that the deadline for a new government to vote was 7 June 2019, not June 9, as previously mentioned in the public space. These decisions have given rise to a number of criticisms and, at the request of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjorn Jagland, the Venice Commission was due to comment on the decisions taken by the CC next week.

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