A new hearing of the “Padurea Domnesca” case was held in Balti Court of Appeal. According to Jurnal TV, the court heard four witnesses for the prosecution, including Sorin Paciu’s father and wife, a forester and a former head of the sector. Sorin Paciu is the businessman who was killed in an illegal hunting in the “Padurea Domneasca” nature reserve.
Their testimony turned out to be different from that given to the prosecution. In court they said they support only the witness statements given in Falesti District Court, as the representatives of the General Prosecutor’s forced them to lie in the course of criminal investigation. General Prosecutor’s Office did not comment on the charges above.
However, the “Padurea Domneasca” case is far from being closed. The next hearing was scheduled for June 23, when the last witness for the prosecution and the first witnesses for the defense will be heard.
Recall that on December 23, 2012, Sorin Paciu, aged 34, was mortally wounded in a hunting party, attended by several senior officials, including Valeriu Zubko, former General Prosecutor of the Republic of Moldova, Ion Plesca, the president of the Court of Appeal (CA), Gheorghe Cretu, former vice-president of the same court and Ion Lupu, former director of Moldsilva Agency.
All the officials, present at the hunting, kept the crime back. When it became publicly known, following the statements made by Sergiu Mocanu, leader of the Antimafia Movement, the officials said that they were "working on the case".
Last February Falesti District Court sentenced Gheorghe Cretu, the former vice president of the Court of Appeal, to two years’ probation for reckless imprudence resulting to homicide and illegal hunting. Both the prosecutors and Sorin Paciu’s family lawyer, Petru Munteanu, attacked the first court decision and demanded the maximum sentence, established by law for Cretu that is three years in prison.
At the same time, both parties requested that the court convicted and deprived of liberty the representatives of Moldsilva and “Padurea Domneasca” reserve, people who were acquitted by the first court. The decision of the Falesti District Court was appealed by Gheorghe Cretu’s lawyer, who requests his discharge.