A lawyer from Drochia district arrested for influence peddling after receiving 500 euros from a person. He reportedly promised him that he can influence the judges to impose a penalty without depriving him of his freedom for committing domestic violence.

According to the prosecution, the lawyer was detained immediately after receiving 500 euro, and according to the Minister of Internal Affairs, the defender was arrested after he received the second tranche of the alleged bribe, worth 150 euro.

The Minister of Internal Affairs stated that the lawyer demanded a total of 1600 euros claiming that he has influence over the decision makers from the Drochia Court, which is examining a criminal file involving the sneak, initiated for domestic violence. The lawyers said that he can determine the magistrates to apply the defendant a non-custodial punishment for the offense committed.

Thus, according to the Minister of Internal Affairs, the lawyer received the money in two tranches of 500 and 150 euros, monitored by the officers of the Internal Protection and Anticorruption Center of the Minister of Internal Affairs. The lawyer was arrested while receiving the second tranches of the sum of money, worth 150 euros,  in his service office.

The anticorruption prosecutors and the officers of the Internal Protection and Anticorruption Center carried out searches at his residence and service office, where they found the money, which he handed it over voluntarily.

The head of the Press Service of the General Prosecutor’s Office, Maria Vieru, said that the lawyer is 36 years old, and is in service since 2006. Vieru said that “He doesn’t have any criminal records.”

The legislation provides for a fine of up to 60 thousand lei or imprisonment up to 5 years for committing influence peddling.

At the moment, the suspect is arrested for 72 hours and is currently held in a preventive detention cell.

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