According to a press release of the National Anti-Corruption Centre (NAC), the head of a department of the  National Food Safety Agency (NFSA) was arrested on suspicion of passive corruption.

The suspect with other employees provided the phytosanitary certificates NFSA for agricultural products for export. These certificates were provided for Moldovan economic agents. Then the certificates were used to re-export cargo of other origins disguised as domestic freight (moldavian apples as polish apples). According to preliminary information, such certificate costs about 1,000 euros.

As part of criminal procedure and investigation measures, were found more blanks of this kind of certificates, while permission for re-export was already confirmed.

ANSA employee was detained for 72 hours in prison of NAC. Subsequently the Buiucani District Court decided to apply 30 days house arrest for the official concerned, even if the anticorruption prosecutors requested the court to extend the detention in prison to 30 days.

In this case it was initiated a criminal case under Art. 324 paragraph (2) b) c) of the Criminal Code.  The official is risking to be committed to jail for 5 to 10 years with a charge of 12000 to 16000 MDL and a deprivation of the right to occupy public functions or exercise certain activities for a period of 7-10 years. The criminal investigation is managed by Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office.

NAC started an investigation on this case after the publication of the investigation of RISE reporters from Moldova: "NFSA is involved in a scheme to export fruits to Russia".

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