January 14, 2020 20:08
Moldovan president wants to ensure Plahotniuc's return home in handcuffs
CHISINAU. Jan 14 (Interfax) - Moldovan President Igor Dodon has described oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc's return home in handcuffs as his priority.
"The objective of the president, the parliament, the government, the entire Moldovan leadership is holding every person, who was involved in various schemes, corrupt practices, everyone responsible in accordance with the law. Every person, who breached the law, must be in jail. And if you ask me about Plahothiuc, I will answer you yes, transporting Plahotniuc home in handcuffs is a priority for us," Dodon told journalists following a session of the Council of the Party of Socialists in which he took part as its informal leader.
At the end of last year, the Moldovan Supreme Security Council recommended the relevant agencies to make inquiries with the authorities of the United States, the United Kingdom, and Romania about Plahotniuc's whereabouts. "Such inquiries were made. The Interior Ministry also requested last October to declare Plahotniuc internationally wanted through Interpol. I don't have information as of yet whether such decision was made. But these decisions have been made in relation to other people, in particular, member of the parliament Ilan Shor and former member of the parliament Constantin Tutu," the president said.
On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that fugitive Moldovan oligarch Plahotniuc and members of his family were added to the list of individuals subject to sanctions.
This is the first time the U.S. has imposed personal sanctions on a Moldovan citizen.
The former leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova, billionaire Vladimir Plahotniuc, left Moldova on June 14, 2019, immediately after the Democratic Party had announced its decision to join the opposition. Plahotniuc resigned as PDM chairman soon afterward and relinquished his parliamentary mandate in late July. Moldovan prosecutors opened criminal cases against him on charges of money laundering and involvement in the theft of money from the national banking system. A Moldovan court ruled on October 11 to issue an arrest warrant for Plahotniuc, and the Moldovan National Anti-Corruption Center added him to international and interstate wanted lists.
Russia has opened several criminal cases against Plahotniuc. Moscow's Tverskoi District Court ruled to issue an arrest warrant for him on July 29, 2019. The Tverskoi Court also ordered in November 2019 that Plahotniuc be arrested for two months at the moment of his detention or extradition to Russia.
(Our editorial staff can be reached at email@example.com)
January 22, 2020
PASSENGER FROM SHANGHAI - ST. PETERSBURG FLIGHT BEING TAKEN FROM PULKOVO AIRPORT TO INFECTIOUS DISEASE HOSPITAL WITH ACUTE RESPIRATORY INFECTION SYMPTOMS - STATE AUTHORITIES
Next round of free trade talks between EAEU, Israel planned in Moscow in March
All necessary measures to fight new coronavirus in Russia taken - Popova
State Duma Council sets debate on first reading of bill amending Constitution for Jan 23
Dep. PM Abramchenko to oversee Natural Resources Ministry in new Cabinet
Khinshtein appointed Duma Information Policy Committee head
Uranium One begins delivering wood biofuel to Denmark
Rosatom creating quantum-technology company
Russia and CIS political and economic calendar: January 23 - February 20
MICEX and RTS Indexes at 17:00 MSK
AFK SISTEMA EXPECTS TO LOWER DEBT TO TARGET LEVEL OF 150 BLN RUBLES IN 2020, PERHAPS IN COURSE OF YEAR - YEVTUSHENKOV
YEVTUSHENKOV: OZON TECHNICALLY PREPARED FOR IPO, BUT I'M AGAINST A DEAL NOW GIVEN RISK OF UNDERSELLING
Rospotrebnadzor tightens control at all border checkpoints in Russia to find people infected with new coronavirus - agency official (Part 2)