Who is covered by Witness Protection Program in Moldova

In the Republic of Moldova too, the persons under threat for accepting to reveal to the police information that can be used as evidence in court are included in the Witness Protection Program. This is the responsibility of the Witness Protection Division of the General Police Inspectorate.

In a response to an inquiry made by IPN, the Division says a person who is in danger can be included in the Witness Protection Program if they file a written application and if there is an argued decision of the prosecutor or the court of law concerning the implementation of the protection measure. The close relatives and family members can also be protected.

Only the persons who have a status in criminal cases started over serious, very serious or exceptionally serious offenses can be protected or assisted. The protection of these persons means the change of domicile, job or place of study, identity or even appearance. An alarm system can be installed at the domicile or the phone number is changed.

The protection program stops if the protected person files a written application and refuses to give testimony or gives false testimony. This fact should be confirmed by a final court decision. Also, the person is no longer protected if this does not fulfill the obligations set down in the protection agreement or if the threat to life disappears.

The information about the number and status of the protected persons within the Witness Protection Program is classified as state secret and cannot be revealed, said the Witness Protection Division of the General Police Inspectorate.

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