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There are figures of the Kroll report and a witness of the prosecution in Filat’s file on the Shor Party list

Some names on the Electoral Electoral List also appear in the report of the British Company Kroll, hired by the Government to investigate the “theft of the century.” Marina Tauber and Reghina Apostolova, for example, were operating in Unibank, one of the bankrupt banks after the fraud happened, and have probably taken loans using the accounts of some banks in Latvia. Both say they have returned the money and have done nothing illegal. Moreover, one of the candidates, Maria Albot, handled the transfer to the accounts of Vlad Filat’s close friends. That is a sum of money that Ilan Shor said that has been extorted by the former prime minister Filat, and later was the witness of the prosecution that file. These are some facts documented by “Civic Initiative reporters for a Clean Parliament” on the candidates of the Shor Party. Full profiles can be read on Moldovacurata.md.

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The head of the party’s list, Ilan Shor, applied for a deputy mandate, even if he has an executive sentence of seven and a half years in one of the two criminal cases opened in his name in connection with fraud in the banking system. This case file was launched on June 22, 2016 for scam in large proportions and money laundering. Subsequently, the court recalculated the act of “causing damage through deception or abuse of trust in particularly great proportions, if the deed is not an appropriation” and money laundering in particularly large proportions. The sentence was challenged by Ilan Shor’s lawyers, and the file is now being examined by the Cahul Court of Appeal. Shor has another criminal case, opened earlier, on May 6, 2015, for serious abuse of office, as chairman of the Bank of Savings Bank Administration (BEM). This file has not yet been finalized by prosecutors.

The most important damage that the State Budget have possibly brought was the accusations of prosecutors in the case of bankruptcy of BEM, the Social Bank and Unibank. To cover the hole formed by the three banks as a result of granting fraudulent loans, the National Bank of Moldova granted state guarantees amounting to 13.34 billion lei, later transformed into state debts. Prosecutors accuse Shore of having stolen about 5 billion lei from the three banks. However, the Chisinau judiciary has established that there is only evidence for evasion worth 2.7 billion lei.

British company Kroll, contracted by the Government to conduct an audit of the bank fraud case, found that the loans offered by the three banks to companies in the so-called Shor group reached the figure of 2.9 billion dollars granted during the period 2012 – 2014. The lending offered has possibly been hidden as corporate loans, being washed through a high-level coordinated process through several bank accounts in Latvia.

Read the profiles of candidates in the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova here.

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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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From Plahotniuc to Moldasig, via Gibraltar. New details about a business of over 500,000,000 lei // RISE Moldova

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RISE Moldova has offered new details about the business of over 500,000,000 lei through which 3 buildings owned by Finpar Invest SRL – the oldest company of the oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, were sold last year to an offshore in Gibraltar.

Shortly after that transaction, one of the buildings – a historic townhouse in the immediate vicinity of Parliament – was taken over by Real Group Imobil, a joint stock company in the Republic of Moldova, the owner of whom was unknown at that time.

Last week, Real Group Imobil made its first activity report public. The document shows that the company has a share capital of almost 55,000,000 lei and is fully owned by the Moldasig insurance company.

Moldasig was part of a number of companies controlled by controversial banker Veaceslav Platon. Platon’s business empire in Moldova began to shake, especially in 2016, when he was arrested. Subsequently, in 2018, he was finally convicted of 18 years of jail for scam and money laundering.

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Photo: The arrest of Veaceslav Platon

At present, about 80% of the insurance company’s shares are sold for only 15,000,000 lei.

RISE states that the potential buyer of the majority stake of 65% – auctioned with nearly 12,000,000 lei, will control Moldasig and its properties, including the villa near the Parliament, valued, along with the related land, at about 59,000,000 lei!

In the last year’s Finpar Invest real estate transaction, a 10 ha plot near the Chisinau North Bus Station was also involved.

Read more about Finpar Invest here and here.

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Infographic: History of shareholders of Finpar Invest SRL

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Finpar Invest SRL service: Connections between domains and E-mail addresses

It is about the same Moldasig, which in the meantime took over the villa near Parliament, and Asito, of which Veaceslav Platon controlled 83% of the shares, a package he claimed to have bought in 2011 from Vlad Plahotniuc – oligarch, Democratic Party leader, and usurper of the Moldovan state – as Maia Sandu calls him.

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The Prosecutor General’s Office draws attention to the alarming level of sexual abuse cases in the Republic of Moldova

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The General Prosecutor’s Office draws attention to the alarming level of sexual abuse in the Republic of Moldova, of which cases complete the operative agenda daily, writes Adevarul. According to statistics, during the last year, 611 sexual offenses were committed in the country, during which 115 defendants were sentenced to execution punishments. At present, 1189 prisoners in the country or every fifth convict, are serving their sentences for sex offenses.

Reminder: In every case of rape, prosecutors plead for deprivation of aggressors’ freedom, requiring the court to convict them to maximum punishment, provided by the national law and in line with the ECHR doctrines.

Recently, two inhabitants from the Briceni district have been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in a closed penitentiary. It has been decided after the prosecutors have shown evidence on their crime of sexual abuse of their neighbors, who were underage girls.

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