Five of the ten detained in the file of fraudulent attempt to alienate 30 hectares of land will remain in the detention of the National Anti-Corruption Center (NAC), and three others were placed under house arrest. The statement was made on Friday, November 25th by the head of the Anticorruption Prosecution, Viorel Morari.
Viorel Morari stated that “The prosecutor submitted demarches of preventive measures application – preventive arrest, regarding eight people. A preventive arrest warrant was issued on the name of five people, and the other three were placed under house arrest. However, two other persons from the ten, were released by the prosecutor, as they presented some evidence demonstrating the guilt of those involved in criminal acts.”
The head of the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office said that on the name of the former Deputy Minister of Agriculture, was issued preventive measure - preventive arrest.
Ten current and former officials, entrepreneurs, legal experts and lawyers, were arrested on Tuesday, November 22nd,by the NAC and anticorruption prosecutors in a case in which they are suspected of fraud, passive and active corruption, influence peddling and forgery of public documents. A Minister of Justice, who was also the secretary of the Supreme Security Council, a former Deputy Minister of Agriculture, a current head of the a department from the Ministry of Interior, and a former deputy head of the National Inspectorate of Investigation and Teaching Experimental Station from Stăuceni, are among the arrested people. Two other accomplices were arrested a week ago in Balti, in a case in which they were accused of illegal land clearing and the construction of a waterbed in the forest area of Ivanovca.
According to the prosecutors, the suspects have constituted a scheme according to which they committed attempted alienation of over 30 hectares of land that belonged to the College of Viticulture and Winemaking from Chisinau. According to the data from the criminal investigation, the suspects have leased the land for a period of 30 years, and subsequently would change the destination from outside of town to within the incorporated areas, and then tried to plot the lot and sell it to third parties. To obtain favorable decisions in order to achieve their intentions, they have bribed various officials with various amounts of money. Although the total state prejudice was not yet evaluated, the prosecutors are investigating an amount of 4.5 million lei, that the ones who took possession of the land would have received as a grant, from the Agricultural Interventions and Payments Agency.
Regarding this case, the prosecutors and the National Anticorruption Center have carried out multiple searches at the suspects’ residencies, to identify evidence relevant to the case. They took various writings, documents and other evidence that will be added to the case materials. The two accomplices detained in Balti last week, are also in the NAC detention, being arrested for 30 days.
If they will be found guilty, the 12 people are facing a jail sentences of up to 10 years and fines of hundreds of thousands of lei.