Justice sector reform was fully compromised, activists

The justice sector reform that swallowed billions of lei was fully compromised. Instead of making progress, this relapsed, as did the human resources, said Gheorghe Costandache, the head of the European Social-Politic Center. Analyzing things in retrospect in a news conference at IPN, Gheorghe Costandache said the justice sector reform proposed by Vlad Filat in 2012 amounted only to the absorption of funds. In 2015, there was adopted a new law on the prosecution service, but the salaries and pensions of judges were trebled and nothing more was done. In 2017, the EU gave up allocating €60 million for the reformation of the justice sector. The state was captured and the citizens suffered the consequences.

Gheorghe Costandache warned that 22 laws, including the Penal Code and the Penal Procedure Code, were slightly amended, but these legislative documents weren’t given a final reading. The activity to reform the justice sector consisted in the purchase of vehicles and the repair of buildings only. A sum of 2.5 billion lei was allocated for reforming the justice sector of Moldova the last few years. Since 2018 until present, the EU hasn’t allocated money for the purpose to the Republic of Moldova.

The citizens the last few years lost over 35 billion lei following the raising of loans in unfavorable conditions. The justice system flagrantly violates any norm. Nothing changed together with the coming of the Party of Action and Solidary to power,” stated Gheorghe Costandache.

Jurist Igor Borfotină told the same news conference that the developments in the justice sector are criminal. All the players in this system are divided according to spheres of influence. Many bailiffs broke the law by violating the domicile. Many persons were dispossessed of homes and cars and many entrepreneurs remained without businesses. To be licensed, the bailiffs need to pay €30,000 to €50,000. When they take up their duties, the bailiffs make effort to recover these sums. Over 82,000 persons currently work in the justice system and over 92% of these have illegal incomes. There are now over 68,000 cases in which the people suffered because of the abuses of employees of the justice system.

Olesea Koshchug, who presented herself as a victim of the abuses committed in the legal system, said that ahead of winter a bailiff evicted her and her parents who are both sick for the reason that they had been unable to repay a loan during two months after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Later, the lawyer of the firm from which they took out the loan told them that their apartment was sold. During four months, they were unable to enter the apartment and a part of their personal belongings in the period disappeared.

The jurists, civic activists, formulated a series of requirements that they intend to submit to the Ministry of Justice for eliminating the shortcomings from the system. The jurists call on President Maia Sandu to intervene and make sure that the justice system works for the benefit of the citizens, not of interest groups.

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