The criminal case of accusing the former General Secretary of the Supreme Security Council (SSC), Ion Morei, was sent to the court. The suspect is accused of co-participation in committing influence peddling in the case of alienation of over 30 ha of land belonging to the National College of Viticulture and Winemaking, situated in Stauceni village.

According to the prosecutors, the former General Secretary of the SSC requested and received money 13,000 euros, claiming to have influence on judges and may lead them to take a favorable decision to the group of people who wanted the land alienation.

During the hearing, the former General Secretary of the CSS pleaded guilty, and concluded an agreement with the prosecutors to plead guilty. He faces a sentence of up to six years in prison.

A few weeks ago, another 12 people were detained in this criminal file, including current officials, entrepreneurs, lawyers and attorneys (a former deputy minister and head of department of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry, a head of department of the National Agency for Cadastre and Land Registration, a former Minister of Justice and Secretary of the Supreme Security Council - Ion Morei, and a former head of the National Investigation Inspectorate).

The detainees are accused of constituting  scheme with the help of which they committed the attempted alienation of over 30 hectares of land that belonged, proprietary, to the College of Viticulture and Winemaking from Chisinau. According to the prosecution, the accused have leased the land for a term of 30 years, and subsequently changed its destination from unincorporated area to within the incorporated ares, tried to plot the lot and sell it to third parties. To obtain favorable decisions in order to achieve their intentions, they bribed various officials with various amounts of money.

Several criminal cases were initiated regarding these illegal actions on fraud, active and passive corruption, influence peddling and forgery of public documents. For these crimes, the suspects are facing up to 10 years of imprisonment.

In June of this year, other 4 officials of the college, including a former director, were detained by the NAC in a case of extortion. The suspects allegedly tried to take possession of five real estate assets, belonging to theCollege: an administrative building, a pharmacy, a laboratory, a food storage module, a barn, but also 12 hectares of land. The sum of these goods is up to several million lei.

Please note that 2 days ago, the Principle of Winemaking and Viticulture College from Chisinau, former Vice Minister of the Environment from the Liberal Democratic Party, Lazăr Chirică, was also detained in this case.

The criminal investigation regarding all the accomplices in this case continues, and they will all soon be brought before court.

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