The investigation into Energocom case that features ex-President Igor Dodon was completed. The accused and his defenders appeared at the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) where they were informed about the completion of the investigative measures, IPN reports.
The PGO said the ex-President is accused of abuse of authority in the interests of an organized criminal group in 2008-2009, when he served as first Deputy Prime Minister and minister of economy and trade. Igor Dodon, from the position he held then, issued an appraisal based on which a contract for the purchase of electrical energy for the Republic of Moldova was signed in May 2008 at a time when SA Energocom already negotiated and signed two contracts for the supply of power at a price that was by 29% lower.
As a result of those acts, the state was caused damage estimated at over US$ 11.9 million, which is equal to about 124 million lei. The money was later transferred to the accounts of offshore companies. Simultaneously, those actions led to a rise in electricity rates, affecting the rights of end users in Moldova.
The investigation continues against private individuals, foreign companies registered in offshore areas into whose account a part of the financial resources resulting from the contract for the purchase of electrical energy were transferred by SA “Energocom”. Some of them are part of an organized criminal group led by Vladimir Plahotniuc through the agency of his right-hand men, including Vladimir Andronachi, who are final beneficiaries of financial resources obtained from the electricity scheme.