Vladimir Cotet, Deputy Mayor of Chisinau, who is investigated under house arrest for corrupt actions, has been ordered to pay to the State about 20 000 lei. The decision was taken by the Court of Buiucani District of Chisinau and can be appealed to the Court of Appeal within 30 days.
The cause concerns a delay in the execution of a final judgment in favor of the plaintiff, Grigore Chirica. The latter, an employee of the Defense Ministry, was assigned social housing, but the Chisinau Municipal Council (CMC) refused to issue a warranty of a tittle to the apartment. Later, by a judgement confirmed by the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ), the Chisinau Court of Appeal ordered the Municipal Council to issue a warranty of the title.
Subsequently, Chirica claimed that the delay of the administrative authorities to enforce a final judgment in his favor had breached his right to property. The court ruled out in his favor, granting him 900 euros for non-pecuniary damage and 100 euros for court costs and expenses.
With this respect, deputy mayor of Chisinau, Vladimir Cotet, told the National Newspaper (Ziarul National) that the decision of the Supreme Court that has been challenged at the ECHR, referred to the fact that the CMC refused to provide the plaintiff with housing. "I don’t know how my name appeared in the list of the Ministry of Justice. Is it my fault that the budget does not provide money for the construction or purchase of social housing? This is the first action of recourse that involves my name, but there are many cases we lost at the ECHR for failure of the authorities to provide citizens with housing. If they’re going to ascribe them all to me, I don’t know where I would take the money to pay the damage,"Cotet said.
Recall that in January this year, the Ministry of Justice sued several prosecutors and civil servants, who are responsible for Moldova’s condemnation by ECHR, making them repay the damage paid by the State. If the court accepts the applications of the Ministry of Justice, these persons are to compensate the monetary value of moral, material damages and costs and expenses, incurred by the Republic of Moldova to atone for the violated rights of citizens and businesses.
The list submitted by the Ministry of Justice included 12 judges of the Supreme Court of Justice, of the Chisinau Court of Appeal, Cahul Court of Appeal, Center District Court of Chisinau, Cantemir Court, Hancesti Court and prosecutors from Buiucani District. The list also included three prosecutors from the Buiucani District Prosecutor's Office and two prosecutor from Calarasi and Hancesti.