List of former and current magistrates involved in “Russian laundromat”, in the attention of anti-corruption prosecutors

Portal made public the list of former and current magistrates and of the judicial executors who were detained following searches performed by anticorruption prosecutors and CNA officers in many courts in the country. One of the judges, Igor Vornicescu, was detained at Chisinau International Airport while trying to leave the country. 

According to the source, other 14 persons detained in the National Anticorruption Center are: 

Stefan Nita – judge at the Court of Appeal 

Garri Bivol - Judge of  Centru Court 

Iurie Turcan – former magistrate of Riscani Court 

Liliana Andrias -  Centru Court 

Iurie Harbu – Court in Telenesti

Serghei Popovici – chairman of Court Comrat

Gheorghe Barnaz – magistrate at Court Rascani  

Valeriu Gasca – judge at Court Rascani 

Serghei Gubenсo – Court Comrat

Serghei Lebediuc – Military Court

Mihai Moraru -  Court Ungheni

Aurica Us - former magistrate at Rascani Court  

Gheorghe Marchitan – magistrate at Court in Causeni  

Gheorghe Gorun – former judge at  Rascani Court  in Chisinau 

Journalists write that the magistrate Victor Orandas was not arrested because he is not in Moldova.  

At the request of the acting general prosecutor Eduard Harunjen, Supreme Council of Magistrate (CSM) agreed to prosecute 16 current and former judges, involved in laundering about 18 billion dollars in the Russian Federation through the Moldovan judiciary.  This decision was taken in a closed- door meeting on Tuesday, September 20.  According to the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Viorel Morari, searches might be performed on Wednesday, September 21, in the first half of the day. The prosecutor didn’t want to give any other details, saying that the investigation is under process.

Earlier, Ziarul National in partnership with the Center for Investigative Journalism revealed in an investigation that during 2010 - 2014, Moldova was transformed into a true "laundery" of large amounts of money from Russian Federation. Scheme included 17 Moldovan magistrates who have legalized illegal profits. Many of the judges, who gave verdicts on these cases, were involved in the raider attacks in Moldova's banking system, but they were allowed to quit honorably the judiciary.

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