A lawyer from Chisinau allegedly demanded a sum of 20,000 euros from his client, claiming he had influence on a prosecutor of Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office. 

The defender argued that he could influence the prosecutor to acquit of criminal liability his client, changing his status into that of a witness in a criminal case, initiated earlier against him. He was detained by officers of Internal Protection and Anticorruption Service (IPAS) MIA and prosecutors to Combat Organized Crime and Special Causes.

In the course of special investigative measures and criminal investigations, the lawyer received a sum of 1,500 euros and claimed another 6,000 euros.

The prosecutor Vitalie Busuioc said that the lawyer demanded 20 000 euros. According to him, the informer specified that he could not provide the full amount. Subsequently, the suspect accepted to be paid the money in several tranches.

"The suspect is 70 years old. He has been working for 13 years and has no criminal record. In the course of the hearings, the lawyer admitted his guilt. Today, the prosecutors have asked the court to rule out an arrest warrant for 30 days. The court will examine the application, taking into account that the lawyer admitted his guilt in full," Busuioc added.

The lawyer was detained by officers of IPAS and Anticorruption prosecutors on December 23, at around 5:00 p.m.

Following the body search, they were found a part of the money.

The investigations also found that a former police officer is involved in the case. He is investigated at large.

The lawyer was detained for a period of 72 hours, being placed in remand ward. For this offense, he faces a fine of up to 4,000 conventional units, or imprisonment of up to six years.

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