Witnesses in case of Vulcănești murder are persecuted by prosecutors, lawyer

Ion Mazur, the lawyer for widow Olga Stoica, said the witnesses in the case of the murder committed in Vulcănești, Nisporeni, in May 2019 are persecuted, illegally arrested and criminal proceedings are brought against them.

In a news conference at IPN, the lawyer said the witnesses, who said that all the five suspects in this case agreed to go and kill Sergey Stoic and loaded the guns together, are now persecuted by the participants in the trial. Given such circumstances, widow Olga Stoica asked the Prosecutor’s Office to conduct investigations. In a formal response, the Prosecutor’s Office said it will not examine the request.

“It’s a pity that something like this happens as we reached court and the judge of inquiry, the upheld decisions and the ruling of the Appeals Court oblige the prosecutor to investigate all these circumstances,” stated the lawyer.

Ion Mazur noted that a murder attempt was made also on Olg Stoica, but the Prosecutor’s Office does not take measures even if they went to the Appeals Court to ask that the prosecution bodies should be obliged to take those actions for three time.

According to the lawyer, the complaint of Olga Stoica only reached the Prosecutor’s Office, but the chief prosecutor already made a resolution, obliging the executor prosecutor to prepare a refusal order. “We witness exaggerated formalism and an instruction on this case given directly by the administration of the PGO,” said Ion Mazur, noting the administration has an opinion that is sometimes not based on something else than rumors heard from someone and they continue to keep this position.

This March, the Ungheni Town Court has convicted five culprits tried in the case of the murder committed in Vulcănești. Four of them got by two years, while the one who fired at the victim was sentenced to 12 years in jail. According to the Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime and Special Cases, the convicted are aged between 21 and 38 and are from the same villages as the murdered man.

The crime was committed in May 2019 following a conflict between the victim and two of the culprits, who insulted him near a local shop. An older conflict existed between those families. Later, five men went by a car to the man’s home and fired at him in the presence of his wife and his 12-year-old daughter. The man who got 12 years fired five shots at the victim from a legally held gun. The victim died on the way to the hospital. He was 37 and had four children, the youngest one being one year and a half.

The news conference forms part of the series of conferences held in the framework of IPN’s project “Injustice Revealed through Multimedia”. IPN Agency does not assume the right to decide if the organizers of news conferences are right in the cases about which they will speak as this is the exclusive prerogative of justice, but the exaggeratedly long examination period of these cases, which is much longer than the law allows, can be considered an act of evident unfairness and injustice. IPN News Agency does not bear responsibility for the public statements made in the public sphere by the organizers of news conferences.

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