Vasile Costiuc and Veaceslav Nedelea placed under house arrest for 30 days

The leader of the Party “Democracy at Home” Vasile Costiuc and municipal councilor Veaceslav Nedelea, who are investigated for illegal transactions with lots of land situated in Durlești, were palced under house arrest for 30 days by a decision taken by the Ciocana Court, IPN reports.

Ion Cobyshenko, the lawyer for Vasile Costiuc, said the court partially admitted the prosecutor’s request and applied the preventive measure of house arrest for 30 days. His client does not admit his guilt. He is accused of abuse of power or abuse of office, but he couldn’t have committed such an offense as he never held responsible posts. Vasile Costiuc is also accused of participation in an organized criminal group, but the connection with that group is substantiated through his relations on Facebook. There is no tie between Veaceslav Nedelea and Vasile Costiuc and the fact that they were arrested the same day is sheer coincidence.

Vasile Costiuc said the issue is much broader and is political in character. On January 11, he was offered to take part in destabilization, but he refused and on January 12 he was arrested. In the remand prison, he was advised to take sides with obscure powers and to take part in destabilization and formation of a Government, but he refused. “I remained a free man,” he stated.

For his part, Veaceslav Nedelea said he denies the accusations made against him as these are abstract and bizarre and he will defend himself and will ultimately win the case. “I have no connection with the epopee, primarily with the details you, the press, presented,” he told the journalists. He also said that he possesses four lots of land in Durlești. He bought these after 2011 and declared them.

The prosecutors also asked for remand detention for two suspects and home arrest for the woman who was arrested on January 12 in the same case. The latter cooperates with the investigation bodies. The three are accused of abuse of office and money laundering in the interests of an organized group that allegedly caused damage of over 7 million lei to the state.

The investigation in this case was launched in 2021. The illegalities have been purportedly committed since 2005, while the last transaction to sell and purchased land was performed in 2019.

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