All 17 people detained in rigged auctions case were released from NAC remand. The Chisinau Court of Appeal determined that the commercial agents and public officials are to be investigated under house arrest.

The head of Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office, Viorel Morari, told ZdG that the prosecutors have requested for only two detainees to be investigated under house arrest, who pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with the prosecution, and for the rest, they requested extending the preventive arrest measure.

Morari noted that placing under house arrest is not a threat for damaging the evidence, because the prosecutors are at the final stage of completing the criminal investigation.

"First of all, we are now at the final stage of completing the criminal investigation. This was to be completed by the end of 2016, but we did not succeed, because it is a huge amount of work. Second of all, most people involved in the case are collaborating with the prosecution and are making statements. Some have even admitted their guilt. In my opinion, there is no danger for damaging the evidence. The files will be sent to court in January", said Viorel Morari.

Please note that at least 23 people are suspected of rigging public tenders. The criminal case was initiated in early March of 2016, and during criminal investigation there were initiated more than 30 criminal cases for abuse of office, influence peddling, active corruption, passive corruption and ultra vires.

If found guilty, the individuals are facing up to 25 years in prison, a fine of up to 8,000 conventional units and deprivation of the right to hold public positions for a period of 10 years.

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