24 May 2022 10:39

Moldovan ex-President Dodon detained for 72 hours on suspicion of high treason

CHISINAU. May 24 (Interfax) - Former Moldovan President Igor Dodon has been detained for 72 hours as part of a criminal case opened on four counts, including high treason, Moldovan Prosecutor General's Office spokesperson Mariana Cherpec told reporters on Tuesday morning.

"The investigation is continuing. Searches have been conducted in the home of, and several offices owned by, Igor Dodon. He has been detained for 72 hours," Cherpec said.

Searches are ongoing in 12 locations that belong both to Dodon and to people from his inner circle, she said.

"The inquiry is being conducted as part of the criminal case opened on counts of passive corruption, the receipt by a political party of financing from a criminal organization, illegal enrichment, and high treason," Cherpec said.

Since morning, the Moldovan police have been carrying out searches in Dodon's home and offices and the office of the Moldova-Russia Business Union, which the former president founded and headed up in February 2022.