Ion Rusu, godfather and brother-in-law of the former Prime Minister Vlad Filat, sentenced to 3 years and 4 months of imprisonment for large-scale money laundering, wants to be released from prison. Rusu asked the replacement of his penalty by a fine, but the Buiucani District Court of Chisinau rejected the request.

In early February, the leadership of Penitentiary no. 16, Pruncul filed an application, asking for the replacement of Rusu’s term by a milder punishment, ZdG notes.

According to the application, by January 29, 2018, Rusu has served 2 years, 6 months and 14 days of punishment. He is positively characterized, he respects the detention regime, has incentives, he has no active sanctions and does not engage in unpaid work.

At the same time, on January 29, 2018, the Penitentiary Commission no. 16 - Pruncul, determined that Rusu had served more than 1/2 of the term of punishment established and asked the court to replace the unserved part of the punishment by a milder one.

Ion Rusu's lawyer, Cristina Bancu, asked the court to replace the sentence by a fine, but judge, of the Buiucani District Court of Chisinau, Andrei Niculcea, rejected the application. 

A conclusion was issued on June 5. The magistrate's decision was based on the fact that Ion Rusu did not repair the damage, caused by the offense in the amount of 2 793 229 euros, equivalent to 52 182 266 lei, claiming lack of money. 

In this respect, the court considers that the fine within the limits provided by art. 64 of the Criminal Code, will be a burden for Rusu, which will lead to its non-execution.

The conclusion may be appealed within 15 days to the Chisinau Court of Appeal.

Ion Rusu was sentenced in November 2015 to 5 years of imprisonment, being found guilty of large-scale money laundering through the Savings Bank.  

In April 2017, the Supreme Court of Justice reduced his sentence from 5 years to 3 years and 4 months of imprisonment.  

Following the decision of the SCJ, he will be released in 5 months.

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