Criminal cases started against Alexandr Stoianoglo are abusive, lawyers

The criminal cases started against Alexandr Stoianoglo on October 5, 2021 are abusive and absolutely illegal, said lawyers for the suspended prosecutor. In a news conference at IPN, lawyer Vasile Gafton said that legal action over five counts was taken in a record period of two hours. Complaints were also filed against Stoianoglo.

On October 15, ex-prosecutor of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office Viorel Morari filed a complaint that was examined by the Superior Council of Prosecutors, which assigned a prosecutor to deal with it. The press reported that a criminal case was started, but Alexandr Stoianoglo hasn’t been familiarized with a relevant ordinance so far. Yesterday, he received a summons to appear before the prosecutor on January 25, 10am, stated Vasile Gafton.

Another lawyer, Iurie Mărgineanu, spoke about two decisions taken by the Superior Council of Prosecutors that the lawyers challenged. The first is the decision by which a prosecutor was designated to examine the petition filed by MP Lilian Carp, while the second decision refers to the procedure for assessing the prosecutor general. In the issued decisions, the Council noted that these can be disputed in court during the period of time stipulated in the Administrative Code.

In the case of the first decision, the Appeals Court declared the lawsuit inadmissible, ruling that no right of Alexandr Stoianoglo was violated. The decision was appealed and, while it was under examination at the Supreme Court of Justice, the Venice Commission issued its opinion that was negative practically on all the examined points, according to the lawyer. In a period, the Supreme Court of Justice rejected the lawyers’ request. In the second case, an appeal to the Supreme Court of Justice was submitted now. It is invoked that Alexandr Stoianoglo does not have the right to a tribunal, but this is guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights, the Constitution and articles of the Administrative Code. “Stoianoglo does not have the right to file applications to defend his rights in court,” stated the lawyer.

The third lawyer, Victor Munteanu, said the amendments to the law on the prosecutions service were swiftly made, during the vacation, so as to suspend Alexandr Stoianoglo from the post of prosecutor general. They were evidently political in character. The Venice Commission criticized the hurry in which the legislative amendments were adopted and questioned the necessity of suspending Stoianoglo from post.

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