Following CIJM investigations: donations from Prosecutor Denis Cebotari's wedding and child's baptism under judicial scrutiny

Viorica Mija
Colaj CIJM

Prosecutor Denis Cebotari from the Chisinau City Prosecutor's Office has appealed to the Chisinau Court of Appeal regarding the finding issued by the National Integrity Authority (ANI) concerning him, but the court rejected his request. A decision in this matter was formulated at the beginning of this month. A year ago, integrity inspectors detected a discrepancy of nearly 600 thousand lei between revenues and expenses during the years 2012-2021. These checks were initiated following the publication on the portal of the investigation titled "Poor" prosecutors with apartments, houses, and tens of thousands of euros donated by parents and relatives, which revealed that every fourth prosecutor in the Republic of Moldova benefited from donations from parents, in-laws, siblings, or other close relatives. Reporters found that no less than 170 state prosecutors out of nearly 700 indicated in the wealth documents submitted to the National Integrity Authority that they received generous gifts - houses, apartments, land, or tens of thousands of euros. Among them is Prosecutor Denis Cebotari.

In the CIJM investigation, reference was made to a building of over 124 square meters, which was donated to the prosecutor. Following the checks, the integrity inspector found a difference of 577,657 lei between income and expenses during the years 2012-2021.

In the explanations provided to ANI, the prosecutor expressed dissatisfaction with the way in which the calculations were made, which he considers incorrect. The prosecutor explained that he received 800,000 lei from his parents to buy his apartment, 30,000 euros were given to him as monetary gifts at the wedding, and another 7,000 euros - at the birth of the child.

The prosecutor concluded his explanations by expressing regret for the activity of ANI.

"It's laughable, but especially sad, how incompetently an institution like ANI operates," Cebotari said.

Viorica Mija

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