The former Minister of Transport and Road Infrastructure, Iurie Chirinciuc, has been sentenced to one year and four months of imprisonment in a semi-closed type of prison for influence peddling and abuse of office, the execution of the sentence being suspended for a year. The ruling was delivered on Wednesday, August 9, by the magistrates of the Buiucani District Court of Chisinau.

According to the court's decision, Chirinciuc was imposed a fine of 35,000 lei. At the same time, he was deprived of the right to hold certain public positions for a term of 5 years.

Additionally, two economic agents, accomplices of the former Transport Minister, were found guilty of influence peddling actions.

"Punishment in the form of imprisonment was applied with respect to one of the traders. Similarly, the execution of the sentence was suspended for one year. As for the second economic agent, a fine of 2250 conventional units was applied. The execution of the punishment by Iurie Chirinciuc may be suspended for a certain period," prosecutor Victoria Furtuna said.

Prosecutors have specified that they will decide whether to appeal the ruling. Initially, the prosecution requested a three-year sentence and a fine of 1,700 conventional units and the deprivation of the right to public office for a period of three years.

Chirinciuc's lawyers said the sentence is a legal one. 

The former Transport Minister has concluded an agreement with the prosecution on the recognition of his guilt. Thus, the criminal case was examined in a special proceeding on the basis of the evidence, administered at the criminal investigation stage.

We remind you that Iurie Chirinciuc was detained on 27 April, suspected of organizing a criminal scheme to acquire large-scale financial sources. The former Transport Minister was investigated on three counts: passive corruption to convince economic agents to drop business contracts, illegal mining and abuse of office to build a road.

Chirinciuc was suspended from office on May 12.

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