While one of Veaceslav Platon’s lawyers, Ana Ursachi, is charged with manslaughter, her colleague, Eduard Rudenco, is investigated in a criminal case on suspicion of influence peddling.
Moldnews says it got into the possession of a copy of the summons sent to lawyer Rudenco, in which he is cited as "a suspect". The representative of the National Anticorruption Center, Alexandru Godoroja, summons Eduard Rudenco to the NAC on 7 December to be "recognized and heard as a suspect in the criminal case, initiated by Police Inspectorate of Ialoveni on April 15, 2016“.
Eduard Rudenco confirmed to the source the receipt of the subpoena on December 3, 2016. He had be summoned within five days after the initiation of criminal prosecution. According to Rudenco, "The criminal investigation went against the provision that stipulates the procedure of recognition of a suspect, which leads to the impossibility of continuing criminal investigations. Any act outside the timeframe, stipulated by the law will void it."
The lawyer requested the termination of the criminal prosecution.
"The legal norms have been violated, as more than 8 months passed since the beginning of the criminal prosecution," states Eduard Rudenco in his application, addressed to the head of Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office, Viorel Morari.
According to realitatea.md, in 2014- 2015, Eduard Rudenco allegedly requested from two of his clients, investigated for drug trafficking, money in the amount of 15 thousand and 14 thousand euros in order to solve the case.
However, as they were sentenced, Rudenco’s clients demanded the return of money. Subsequently, Rudenco returned them only 5 thousand euros each (10 thousand in total), so the two asked the police for help.
However, today, a new hearing in Veaceslav Platon’s case has been postponed.