NGOs ask EU to help investigate Moldovan bank fraud

A number of Moldovan civil society organizations have handed a formal request to the European Union’s Delegation in Chisinau asking the relevant European institutions to help investigate the infamous $1 billion bank fraud. The signatories say they don’t trust the Moldovan investigation agencies, IPN reports.

Lilia Carasciuc, president of Transparency International Moldova, told reporters the civil society organizations are concerned about the way the domestic investigation is being handled and denounce the incapacity of the political class to serve as a guardian of the national interest.

The signatories say they have all the reasons to consider this high-profile investigation compromised, and, since the scheme involved multiple jurisdictions and citizens of the United States and EU countries, a proper inquiry must also include the investigation agencies of said nations, plus the anti-crime international organizations Interpol, Europol, OLAF and others.

The request was signed by the Association for Participatory Democracy ADEPT, the Independent Press Association, the Resource Center DIALOG-Pro, the Legal Resource Center, the Moldovan Congress of Local Authorities, the National Confederation of Employer Organizations, IDIS Viitorul, the Public Policy Institute, Transparency International Moldova and others.

Registering the request, Wicher Slagter of the EU Delegation to Moldova said it will be passed on to Brussels, adding that the EU is closely watching the developments in the Moldovan banking system.

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