The ex-director of the Center for Forensic Medicine (CFM), the current deputy director and a specialist at the institution were detained in the criminal case of the DNA testing laboratory.

Two of the detainees are Ion Cuvşinov, former head of CFM, doctor and university lecturer, and Andrei Padure, deputy director of the Center of Forensic Medicine, associate professor, doctor habilitate in medicine.

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The targeted persons are suspected of influence peddling by purchasing equipment for the laboratory in which DNA tests were to be conducted.

According to a communiqué issued by the NAC, the suspects would have caused the state budget a damage of about 10,000,000 lei.

According to the information, the prosecution was initiated by the General Prosecutor's Office on May 27, 2015, and during the criminal trial it was established that in 2013, the CFM deputy director, acting in agreement with the CFM director, other employees of the Center and the Ministry Health, have committed influence peddling.

NAC announces that, in line with the Justice Sector Reform Strategy 2011-2016, it has been foreseen to strengthen the forensic expertise of laboratories (DNA analysis) by procuring the necessary equipment that would allow genetic expertise in the Republic of Moldova. On May 14, 2013, the Health Ministerial Order set up a working group to strengthen CFM capabilities in the field of genetic research, and the project manager was entrusted with the task of implementing the project.

One month after the establishment of the working group, the allocation of 9 781 000 lei was ordered for the realization of the project, and on October 30, by the order of the CFM chief, the working group for public procurement was established, which was responsible for the selection of the company to deliver the medico-legal genetic equipment.

The investigations found that during June-August 2013, a CFM specialist acting on behalf of his bosses would have assured a Romanian company that he would favor it at the tender for procurement of the equipment necessary to equip the DNA laboratory. As a confirmation, he organized the non-protocols visits to the Ministry of Health and the Center of Forensic Medicine to representatives of the Romanian company.

It has also been agreed to develop the specification so that the parameters and technical specifications of the equipment requested coincide with those of the medical equipment to be proposed by the tenderer in Romania.

Following these actions, an unfair auction and facilitation of the targeted economic agent took place.

Although the CFM decision-makers were certain to know that the equipment mentioned in the tender was not enough to operate such a laboratory, the equipment was purchased for the amount of 9,763,800 lei.

Similarly, the investigators have determined that the technology to be applied by this laboratory is not validated by the international human scientific identification community (HID). Thus, without the validation procedure, the laboratory's accreditation procedure can not be performed, and the results obtained in an invalid and non-accredited laboratory are invalid.

Currently, investigations in this case continue, and several other people are also being heard.

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