DOC// Suspended prosecutor, Mirandolina Sușițcaia, war in court with interim general prosecutor, Ion Munteanu

Viorica Mija
Colaj CIJM

The prosecutor suspended from office and prosecuted for illicit enrichment, Mirandolina Sușițcaia, has filed a lawsuit against the interim general prosecutor, Ion Munteanu. The accuser disputed the administrative documents related to her case after being suspended from her position during the criminal investigation, following a request to the Superior Council of Prosecutors (CSP). The Center for  Investigative Journalism (CIJM) published an investigation last year revealing how Mirandolina Sușițcaia orchestrated the Laundromat file. The investigation also presented evidentiary documents indicating that the prosecutor avoided providing information about the case to the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry regarding the Russian money laundering.

In November, with a majority of votes and a separate opinion expressed by one CSP member, Mirandolina Sușițcaia was suspended from office. The decision was made following the action of the interim general prosecutor, Ion Munteanu.

The examination of the procedure regarding the suspension from office of Mirandolina Sușițcaia, criminally investigated for illicit enrichment and abuse of office, has been postponed multiple times. The approach was already formulated by the former interim general prosecutor, Dumitru Robu, who requested the measure during the criminal investigation.

Sușițcaia came under scrutiny from law enforcement officers following investigations by the Center for Investigative Journalism, which uncovered her involvement in the Laundromat file and her connections with the controversial businessman, Veaceslav Platon.

In 2021, Sușițcaia was delegated from the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office to another institution. The files involving Veaceslav Platon, including the Russian Laundromat case, were withdrawn from her management.

A few days later, reporters from the portal captured Mirandolina Sușițcaia having coffee with Mihail Gofman, the former deputy head of the CNA's Prevention and Combating of Money Laundering Service, in a restaurant in Chisinau.

Mihail Gofman is believed to have proposed the amendment to the Law on the Prevention and Combating of Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism, which would have served as a legal screen for money laundering in particularly large proportions through the courts and financial-banking institutions of the Republic of Moldova—a scheme organized and implemented by Veaceslav Platon.

Viorica Mija

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