About 20 metal companies that are members of the Moldovan Employers Ferrous and Nonferrous Metals Recycling and Collection Association call on Prosecutor General Alexandr Stoianoglo to follow the developments in the cases featuring them so as to cease the actions to intimidate honest businesses. The companies said they are subject to pressure for the purpose of taking over the metals market.
Representatives of the Association said that based on false information offered to the Prosecutor General’s Office, broad searches will be carried out at companies that do not want to form part of the games aimed at taking the metals market under control. In a press briefing at IPN, the Association’s president Ion Drăniceru said that extensive searches were conducted at a number of associates last November and December and persons were arrested as a result without being questioned. Computers and other equipment were seized. No case was yet completed.
“We hope that the Prosecutor General will know to make a difference and will understand why his inferior (prosecutor in charge of the case, e.n.) was furnished with false information and what the goal of his subsequent actions will be,” stated Ion Drăniceru.
He refused to reveal the name of the person who wants to take over the metals market, but noted that he is ready to furnish the responsible state bodies with relevant information, if he convinces himself that these have a good intention.
Ion Drăniceru assured that all the companies that form part of the Association act in good faith, reside in Moldova and do not have bank accounts outside the country. They provided jobs for at least 500 Moldovans and pay millions of lei taxes into the budget.
The metal companies demand to be allowed to work without intimidation and persecution. “Our goal at this stage is to prevent eventual abuses that could be committed against us. If we do not succeed, we will change the tactic. We will not allow to be humiliated and used in different games and will not allow to be deprived of our businesses that we developed through hard work,” said Ion Drăniceru.
The Moldovan Employers Ferrous and Nonferrous Metals Recycling and Collection Association was registered with the Public Services Agency on July 7, 2020 and has a membership of about 20 metal companies.