Popşoi about Plahotniuc's investigation: Prosecutors and judges have the freedom to rule based on the law

Mihai Popșoi, PAS MP, ACUM bloc, does not find it surprising that the prosecutors have only recently commenced an investigation into the former PDM leader, Vladimir Plahotniuc. According to him, the investigation could not have occurred as long as Plahotniuc was in power. Democrat MP Igor Vremea links the investigation into Plahotniuc with the following local elections that will be held on October 20. Controversial statements were made at the Jurnal TV program "Cabinetul din umbră".

"Does anyone imagine that Mr. Morari or any other prosecutor could have commenced an investigation into Plahotniuc while he was in power? That would have been nice, however, the reality we lived in was different", said Mihai Popșoi. In his opinion, currently, prosecutors and judges are free to rule based on the law. "Judges and prosecutors are now learning, on the go, to act independently and in strict accordance with the law", added the MP.

Igor Munteanu, PPDA MP, ACUM bloc, spoke about the risk of demonizing someone and drew attention to the fact that beside Plahotniuc there was an entire system of interests which involved many players. "All these fraudulent transactions were facilitated, thought and, in some cases, designed by people who hold the same responsibility as Plahotniuc", said the MP.

Igor Vremea, Democratic Party MP claimed that the investigation into Vladimir Plahotniuc has commenced on the eve of local elections in order to distract attention from the real issues that concern the citizens. "It is more convenient to take such a path", the Democrat said. Igor Vremea reminded everyone that people are innocent until proven guilty and added that the transactions referred to by the head of the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office, Viorel Morari, must be verified. Igor Vremea claimed that he does not know if Vladimir Plahotniuc will answer the summons of the Prosecutor's Office.

On Thursday, October 10, the chief prosecutor of the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office, Viorel Morari, announced that former PDM leader Vlad Plahotniuc is being investigated in two criminal cases, both involving the reasonable suspicion of money laundering in very large proportions. The two cases were linked in a single procedure. According to the materials of the first criminal case, "between 2013 and 2015, Vlad Plahotniuc created a criminal scheme with the purpose of converting, transferring, acquiring, owning and using some assets which he knew to generate illicit income".