Her chair swayed as Prosecutor Mirandolina Sușițcaia sat on the verge of suspension.

Viorica Mija
Colaj CIJM

The Superior Council of Prosecutors (CSP) is currently examining three measures to suspend three prosecutors, including Sușițcaia who is under criminal investigation for illicit enrichment and abuse of office. She came under scrutiny following investigations by the Center Investigative Journalism, which revealed her involvement in the Laundromat file and her connections with controversial businessman Veaceslav Platon.

The CSP members will consider three approaches to suspension, including those of Vladimir Martea, Vadim Machidon, and Mirandolina Sușițcaia. The latter has escaped suspension on several occasions, with the issue being postponed at previous CSP meetings. Ex-interim general prosecutor Dumitru Robu requested her suspension during the criminal investigation.

In the autumn of 2021, Sușițcaia was delegated from the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office to another institution. Files involving Veaceslav Platon, including the Russian Laundromat case, were withdrawn from her jurisdiction.

Last year, the Center for  Investigative Journalism (CIJM) published a report on how Mirandolina Sușiţcaia buried the Laundromat case, along with evidentiary documents showing that she avoided sharing information about it with the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into the Russian Laundromat. She had the support of the general prosecutor, Alexandr Stoianoglo.

Reporters from the Deschide.md portal later caught 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. Gofman is believed to have proposed an amendment to the Law on the Prevention and Combating of Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism, which would have served as a legal cover for money laundering on a large scale through Moldovan courts and financial institutions. This scheme was allegedly organized and implemented by Veaceslav Platon.

Vadim Machidon, a prosecutor from Orhei, is also facing suspension from office. He has been accused of submitting and supporting in court the fabricated accusation against ex-policeman Gheorghe Petic of Ungheni for rape. Machidon is also being investigated for corruption in a bribery case involving €10,000, with his alleged accomplice, an intermediary lawyer, also on trial.

Viorica Mija

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