The transport operators Ednateric Trans SRL and Transeric Tur continue to be harassed by the investigation bodies, said the lawyer for the two carriers Angela Istrate. In a news conference at IPN, the lawyer stated that even if the political regime was changed and society banks on the fact that the judiciary system will work legally, this hasn’t happened regrettably.
The lawyer noted that Ednateric Trans SRL and Transeric Tur form part of the road carriers market, have passenger databases and have the most modern buses. The prices of their services are reasonable and the provided services are of a high quality. But the careers’ activity is disrupted by the criminal proceedings instituted against them, including for blackmail, arson and hooliganism. The criminal cases were started even if the investigated deeds happened in the Czech Republic and the Russian Federation. “The investigation bodies, disregarding the territorial competence and becoming involved in the internal affairs of other states, brought criminal proceedings even if it was known that criminal cases were started in the Russian Federation and in the Czech Republic,” stated Angela Istrate.
The lawyer said that within these criminal cases, there are no applications to undertake the procedures by which the investigation bodies would legally conduct the inquiry in the case of the given business entities. The investigation bides not only violated the norms of the Penal Procedure Code of the Republic of Moldova, but also allowed interference in the internal affairs of other states.
Angela Istrate considers there were committed a series of violations. During searches at the homes of the founders and their offices and at offices of employees, there were seized personal objects, such as arms belonging to the founders and drafts. There was ordered an examination without notifying her clients, without respecting their right to put questions, to ask that the experts be replaced.
During a year, the Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime and Special Cases (PCCOCS) took no action. After the defense filed an application to accelerate the procedure, even if the court of law passed a judgment instituting a period of 30 days and obliging the prosecutor to complete the examination of the case and sent it to court, the prosecutors of the PCCOCS modified the indictment for three times, took part in other procedural actions and sent the case without enabling the defense to familiarize itself with the materials of the case.
Currently, ordinances have been issued by which the persons are freed from the charges of blackmail and hooliganism. But the persons were arrested for 72 hours and were then placed under judicial control during the investigation. Angela Istrate considers these violations do not polish the image of the investigation bodies.
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