Arrest warrant issued for Vlad Plahotniuc

The Court for the Chisinau District of Ciocana has issued a 30 days’ arrest warrant for the former Democratic Party leader Vlad Plahotniuc, who is charged with large-scale money laundering.

Plahotniuc’s whereabouts have been unknown since he fled Moldova following the Democratic government’s ousting in June. Anticorruption Chief Prosecutor Viorel Morari has told IPN steps will be taken to put Plahotniuc on an international wanted list.

The arrest warrant was sought after Plahotniuc failed to appear before prosecutors earlier this week. The warrant can be challenged at the Court of Appeals.

The Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday revealed some details of the indictment against Plahotniuc, showing that at least part of the money that he allegedly laundered might have come via bad loans from the banks implicated in the “theft of the century.”

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