A new hearing in the case of the businessman Veaceslav Platon has been held in the Buiucani District Court. The magistrates gave the permission to the lawyers to take 13 days to document on the criminal case. At the same time, the prosecutor was obliged to present the documents in Russian.
Platon's defense claims that they requested 30 days to study the 29 volumes of the case, but the court limited the term to 13 days.
The prosecutor said the decision was lawful and that part of the case materials had already been translated into the language Platon speaks. "Platon was provided an interpreter but refused the offer. They are intentionally delaying the process," the prosecutor said. The court ordered to translate the case materials into Russian by December 6.
This time again Platon spoke to the press. He told the journalists that the cell phones found in his cell were "purposefully planted by someone" and he has nothing to do with the former head of Prison No. 13, Igor Juvala.
Platon's lawyer confirmed his client's words, "There was another person held in the cell, the phones do not belong to him. Vaceslav Platon was denied the right to receive goods from his relatives until January. There is nothing in his cell, except a sheet of paper and a pencil, while others have TV sets."
Please note that Igor Juvala was detained for acting ultra vires.
According to a statement, issued by the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office registered a report on the detection of two cell phones in Prison no. 13, in the cell where the accused Veaceslav Platon was held. It also states that the detection of two mobile phones in Veaceslav Platon’s cell and statements of a witness served as grounds for the detention of Igor Juvala.
According to the witness, in the period of May - August 2016, she was escorted to the head of the prison, who gave her the opportunity to have telephone conversations with the accused Veaceslav Platon and Vitalie Burlacu, wanted by the police at that stage.
Platon is investigated for extortion and money laundering in especially large proportions, damaging the Savings Bank with over 800 million lei. He denies the charges and believes that his case was framed up on demand of Vlad Plahotniuc.
If found guilty, he faces up to 25 years of imprisonment.