The Republic of Moldova risks being convicted by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in a case that concerns the entrusting of a minor following the parents’ divorce if the Court of Appeals’ decision in this case is upheld by the Supreme Court of Justice, Ion Dron, president of the public association Center for Initiatives and Public Authorities Monitoring, stated in a news conference at IPN. He said the Appeals Court decided that the minor child should live with his farther, who is a foreigner, only because he has more financial possibilities.
“It seems that the ECHR’s jurisprudence is no longer an authority for judges in the Republic of Moldova, if we take into account the last convictions of Moldova and the damages paid by this state,” noted Ion Dron.
The lawyer said the ideology of money at personal level generates the perception that those who have money win cases, do not serve time in jail and have what they want.
Ion Dron stated that the lesson of the illegal expulsion of Turkish citizens by Moldova, for which it was convicted by the ECHR, hasn’t been fully learned. Those citizens were then expelled because a politician with possibilities profited this way. In this case, we witness subduing of the authorities by a person with financial possibilities.
The prosecutors started a criminal case against the mother because she went abroad with the child for medical examinations before the pandemic. Travel restrictions were later imposed in connection with the pandemic and the woman could not return home. Legal action was taken against her for taking the child out of the country.
The Appeals Court didn’t issue the parties with the motivated decision, as the law provides, but sent the case to the Supreme Court of Justice. The latter, ignoring the fact that the appeal period of two months hadn’t expired, ordered to examine the case. A delay was obtained at the lawyers’ insistence.
Now the case is pending at the Supreme Court of Justice.