PGO: Former SIS head was fined over expulsion of seven Turkish teachers

The former head of the Security and Intelligence Service (SIS) Vasile Botnari, who was found guilty of abuse of power in the expulsion of the seven Turkish teachers from Moldova in September 2018, was fined 88,000 lei and banned from holding particular public posts for a period of five years. The sentence was passed by the Buiucani branch of the Chisinau City Court on April 15, the Prosecutor General’s Office said in a press release, noting that the court published the extract of the sentence at its request, IPN reports.

The PGO said Vasile Botnari, before the sentence was passed, voluntarily paid €125,000 to the Ministry of Finance for the damage caused to the state by Moldova’s conviction at the ECHR and over 348,000 lei to the SIS for covering the costs associated with the renting of the aircraft by which the victims were transported from Moldova to Turkey. The prosecutor in charge of this case asked for a harsher penalty for the culprit, namely three years in jail and ban on holding public posts for a five-year period. However, the sentence wasn’t challenged.

Last week, the prosecutor general ordered to open an internal inquiry so as to objectively determine all the circumstances of this case.

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