Dodon and Plahotniuc will be prosecuted in the 2008 energy case // The scheme revealed in an investigation by the Center for Investigative Journalism

Cornelia Cozonac
07/06/2021

Former President Igor Dodon and former PDM leader Vlad Plahotniuc will be prosecuted in the case of intermediaries in the illegal case of energy import from 2008. This case was revealed in a journalistic investigation that was carried out by the reporters from the Center for Investigative Journalism. This was announced for Anticoruptie.md by Sergiu Tofilat, one of the experts who made the necessary steps to the prosecutors to start the criminal investigation against Igor Dodon.

During the trial held on Monday at the Ciocana Court, the prosecutors withdrew their order to close the criminal case and reopened the case. Igor Dodon and Zinaida Grecianâi were involved in the scheme and now links were found that lead to Vlad Plahotniuc.

"The Office for Preventing and Combating of Money Laundering presented information that half of the money went to Vlad Plahotniuc. The case is at the General Prosecutor's Office. In the coming days, I will present details ", Sergiu Tofilat said for Anticoruptie.md. The General Prosecutor's Office has not yet confirmed this information.

In 2017, a group of energy security experts analyzed fraudulent schemes with intermediaries of energy import uncovered in several investigations by the Center for Investigative Journalism in 2008, when Igor Dodon and Zinaida Greceanii held the positions of Minister of Economy and Prime Minister, respectively.

Experts, including Sergiu Tofilat and Victor Parlicov, estimated that Moldova overpaid some 14,5 million US dollars. The prosecutors opened a criminal case upon the request of the group of experts.

The Center for Investigative Journalism published in 2008 an investigation about the intermediary company through which the Republic of Moldova purchased electricity at an increased price that year.

The criminal trial started on November 15, 2017, after the energy security experts Sergiu Tofilat, Victor Parlicov and Tudor Șoitu presented in a conference, evidence that, in 2008, an illegal scheme of energy import operated in the Republic of Moldova  through an intermediary company. Shortly afterwards, prosecutors announced that they would not start a trial over this case for lack of evidence and  they apologized to Igor Dodon and Zinaida Grecianâi.

In 2020, Sergiu Tofilat made a new request to the General Prosecutor's Office, bringing new evidence regarding fraudulent energy schemes.

Cornelia Cozonac
07/06/2021



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