Ivan Diacov: Harunjen was appointed legally, but should be dismissed

The former chief prosecutor of Chisinau municipality Ivan Diacov said Eduard Harunjen was named to the post of prospector general legally as he was the next hierarchically superior person in the institution who could become chief when the previous head of the Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) left, and it happened so. According to him, it is evident that Harunjen should be now dismissed as prosecutor general and can be even brought to justice, but his activity should be first examined, IPN reports.

“The Board of the Prosecutor General’s Office should be restored and its new composition should be named by Parliament. A line should be drawn and the PGO should start work. This could be done swiftly, during a week,” Ivan Diacov stated in the program “Emphasis on today” on TVR Moldova channel. He noted the path followed now by the legislature does not guarantee that a competent person will be appointed as prosecutor general.

Expert Veaceslav Ioniță also wondered if the procedure for appointing Eduard Harunjen as prosecutor general is the most important problem based on which this should be dismissed. Attention should be devoted to the activity of the PGO, especially as regards the bank fraud.

MP Lilian Carp said Parliament could only ascertain that the appointment was illegal. “The PGO is politically controlled. This institution was used in a lot of cases as a cudgel against political opponents. We see no move made to investigate the US$ 1 billion theft as today we have only one convict in this case, Veaceslav Platon. But we do not see the conviction of the Shor group that was directly involved in the appropriation schemes, according to the First and Second Kroll Reports,” noted the MP.

The Presidential Office on July 10 announced the decree to end the term in office of the prosecutor general will be issued by this weekend, immediately after all the legal conditions are met.

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