The former so-called Transnistrian president, Evgheni Shevchuk, will be tried in absentia in some of the criminal files initiated on his name, based on a Law signed on November 10, by the current leader of the region, Vadim Krasnoselski, which enters into force this week. The so-called Investigation Committee says that by the end of the year they will be finalized and the cases will be sued. Moreover, Sevciuk's documents will be declassified, and the trial will be public.
The representatives of the Committee stressed that courts should have the possibility to judge criminal acts of persons with responsibilities, even if they left the country.
Thus, the criminal proceedings in the absence of Shevchuk will start this week in the files concerning the 2015 retention of the payments for the state budget, but also in the file on the "Biohim" Plant.
The other files, including the former president, will be suspended on the grounds that Shevchuk has left the territory of the region.
Recall that the former Transnistrian leader, Evgheni Shevciuk, is investigated in a total of 6 criminal cases. He is accused of corruption, smuggling, bribery, influence peddling, embezzlement of public money in particularly large proportions, and illegal retention of salaries and pensions.
In June, Sevciuk was deprived of immunity by the Supreme Soviet of the region, and soon left the territory of Transnistria.
The Law on Criminal Procedures in the Absence on Serious Criminal Offenses, which allows the trial in the absence of Shevchuk, was signed by the current Transnistrian leader Vadim Krasnoselski on November 10th. It covered offenses against constitutional order, state security, and crimes against the Government. Thus, criminal proceedings in these cases will be carried out even if the suspect is outside Transnistria or does not appear to the competent authorities.
The Investigation Committee representative, Veaceslav Bînzari, said that these changes are aimed not only at Shevchuk, but also on other top dignitaries who have hidden on the so-called "reserve tracks".
He stressed that under the new law, if the accused would appear in Transnistria, the criminal trial is resumed even if the person was convicted in his absence.
According to Bănari, the actions of the subordinates and relatives of Shevchuk, who participated in committing the iniquities, will also be judicially assessed.
He also pointed out that there are no political prisoners in Transnistria, and all those charged with the crime have committed criminal offenses. "The fact that they have used their positions to commit crimes does not mean that these are political files," said Bănari.
The press close to the administration also made a video on this subject: