Today, starting at 16:00, will be an important meeting in the case of businessman Ilan Shor. The Buiucani District Court will begin its substantive examination of the case. According to, Anticorruption Magistracy has completed the investigation and prosecutors ask for 15 years of imprisonment for the mayor of Orhei.

Ilan Shor is accused of swindling in large proportions and money laundering. He was detained by officers of the National Anti-Corruption Centre on 22 June. Followed several meetings for the arrest, and at the last meeting in his case, held on August 25, judges from the Chisinau Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Buiucani District Court from 18 August, by which the mayor of Orhei, Ilan Shor house arrest warrant was extended. It expires on 22 September.

All hearings in the mayor's case were accompanied by widespread protests, by which the residents of  Orhei and other regions of the country demanded the release of Ilan Shor.

Also, until yesterday morning, September 5, about 16.500 citizens signed an online petition demanding for the release of Ilan Shor. The petition is to be presented to the Buiucani District Court and Anti-Corruption Magistracy.

Ilan Shor was blamed, between 4-25 November 2014, for obtaining through fraud over MDL 5 billion from BEM, which he would have washed through dozens of offshore companies.

Shor refused to acknowledge his involvement in this scheme, noting that it was directed by ex-Prime Minister Vlad Filat. He presented him the businessman Veaceslav Platon, with the request to help him through these loans to solve problems linked to the extinction of liabilities to other banks in Moldova. Filat and Platon are currently  in Prison No. 13, the first one is sentenced to nine years in prison, while the second is in custody for a period of 30 days.

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