“I must say that many negative phenomena witnessed in the past regrettably didn’t leave, didn’t disappear, weren’t solved and remained or reappeared. There are moments that really arouse concern,” the Head of the EU Delegation to Moldova Peter Michalko stated, being quoted by IPN.
The diplomat made reference to the fact that a large number of public figures suspected of acts of corruption and illegalities return to the system and reappear in the public sphere.
“We saw recently the situation of those who were involved in the case of money laundering through the Laundromat scheme. This is a very big scandal, an extraordinary crime and we saw that those who took part in it, judges, were cleared of charges and reinstated. No one after six years of the discovery of this crime has been punished for this. There wasn’t passed any sentence and this is a failure from the angle of the commitments undertaken by the Republic of Moldova in the justice sector before the international partners,” Peter Michalko said in the talk show “Shadow Cabinet” on Jurnal TV channel.
According to the European official, this is a negative signal for society and the judiciary. By such actions, the people’s confidence in the judicial system is undermined.
Peter Michalko noted that the banking fraud committed in Moldova, for which no one was jailed, is another example. Those who were involved were freed from investigation.
Asked who has a say in these cases, the diplomat noted the prosecution service bears big responsibility.
“It’s clear that a big role here is played by the prosecution service. We saw that the prosecutors dropped the charges and then the courts of law or other bodies responsible for the functioning of the justice system took decisions. There is the example of the SCM, but the PGO was the first that decided. There were also other cases, like the expulsion of Turkish teachers. What the judiciary did is very worrisome. Many of these decisions are taken behind closed doors. The hearings are held non-transparently. It goes to preconditions for ensuring the people’s trust in the way the judiciary works in the country,” concluded the ambassador.