Moldova Charges 8, Including former Prime Minister over Airport Contract and Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Asks for Disciplinary Proceedings against Judge for Closed Proceedings

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Friday, May 26, 2023
Bruce Zagaris

Moldova is facing an inflection point in its efforts to strengthen its anti-corruption institutions and processes.   On May 2, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office announced criminal charges against former Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca and seven other people in a corruption case as a result of a concession that provided control of the country’s principal airport to an entity associated with businessman and politician Ilan Shor, who departed Moldova in 2019 after the election of pro-Western President Maia Sandu.[1]  On May 22, 2023, Veronica Dragalin, head of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, called for the Superior Council of Magistracy to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the judge of the Buiucani Court of Chisnau who ordered the criminal proceedings against ex-deputy Vladimir Andronachi in the bank fraud case in a closed session at the request of the defense.[2]

[1]    Former Moldovan Prime Minister Among Eight Charged By Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Over Airport Contract, RFE/RL’s Moldovan Service, May 2, 2023.

[2]    Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office asks SCM to urgently initiate disciplinary proceedings against judge in Adronachi case, May 22, 2013