DOC//Oncologist Virgiliu Urechi, facing trial for passive corruption, faces dim prospects of job restoration

Viorica Mija
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The Chisinau Court, the headquarters of the Center, rejected the request from oncologist Virgiliu Urechi, who had sought the annulment of the dismissal order. He is currently on trial for passive corruption and was caught in the act after allegedly demanding money to expedite the hospitalization of a cancer patient. Urechi filed lawsuits against several news outlets, claiming that they had damaged his honor and dignity. Additionally, he is demanding moral damages of 500,000 lei from the Center for Journalistic Investigations (CIJM).

Urechi was detained by anti-corruption officers and prosecutors on February 15, 2022, after allegedly demanding 2,000 euros from a patient to ensure his hospitalization and expedite the start of oncology treatment.

Three days later, an arrest warrant for 20 days was issued in his name. Additionally, a new complaint was filed by a person who alleges that he was offered a bribe of 50,000 lei to speed up the hospitalization of his mother, who is suffering from cancer. The whistleblower explained that he would have sent the money to the Oncological Institute employee's office, documenting the conversation with audio means, which he attached as evidence to the complaint.

On March 24, the magistrates at the Chisinau Court, Ciocana headquarters, decided to place him under house arrest for 30 days, and on April 22, ARBI took over the administration of the doctor's car worth almost half a million lei.

If found guilty, Virgiliu Urechi, who was a public figure at the time of his arrest, risks a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, with the deprivation of the right to hold public office for a period of up to 15 years.

Viorica Mija

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