Prosecutors’ requests to remand the 16 persons arrested in the Metalferos case were rejected by the Ciocana branch of the Chisinau City Court. The judges decided that nine of the accused, among who are the four police officers, will be placed under judicial control, while the other seven will be put under house arrest for a month, IPN reports.
The Prosecutor General’s Office said the accused should be remanded in custody given the gravity of the offenses of which they are accused, the social resonance of the case, the circumstances that can make the persons hamper the investigation and the possibility of avoiding accountability. Earlier, a part of them, even if they were arrested, continued their criminal activities. The prospectors will challenge the court decisions and will insist on remanding the 16 in custody. They will also ask the Ministry of the Interior to suspend the four police officers.
The PGO charged the 16 persons with considerable swindle and money laundering committed in the interests of a criminal organization. Investigation measures and searches were carried out on August 3 at phantom and intermediary companies associated with the state-capital metals enterprise Metalferos, through which metals were allegedly bought, and at the National Investigation Inspectorate of the Ministry of the Interior.