Impact of an investigation by CIJM: Prosecutor Mirandolina Suşiţcaia, forced to leave the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office

Julieta Saviţchi
15/10/2021

The anti-corruption prosecutor, Mirandolina Suşiţcaia, who ordered the removal from criminal prosecution of Moldovan judges involved in the Russian Laundromat and reported to her superiors that there was no evidence in the case, was delegated from the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office to another institution. Prosecutor Susitscaia's files containing Veaceslav Platon, including the case of the Russian Laundromat, were withdrawn.

Late last month, the Center for Investigative Journalism (CIJM) published an investigation into how Mirandolina Suşiţcaia buried the Laundromat file. The investigation also showed, with probative documents, that the prosecutor avoided to show information about Laundromat to the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry into Russian Laundromat, with the support of the General Prosecutor, Alexandr Stoianoglo.

A few days later, reporters from the Deschide.md portal caught Mirandolina Sușițcaia having a coffee in a bar in Chisinau with Mihail Gofman, the former deputy head of the Service of Preventing and Combating of Money Laundering of the National Anticorruption Center.  

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

Julieta Saviţchi
15/10/2021



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