Officer of the National Anticorruption Center who might have asked 100,000 euro as bribe, arrested and tested at polygraph. Viorel Chetraru: "The number of suspects might be bigger"

Anastasia Nani
15/06/2016
Foto: CIJM

Employee of the National Anticorruption Center who might have asked 100,000 Euros as bribe from Octavian Vucol, president of Basketball Federation in Moldova was arrested for 20 days. He is accused of having stripped a citizen of Slovakia of 210,000 euros and the prosecutors ordered the officer to undergo a polygraph test. This information was confirmed to us by Viorel Morari, head of Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office. Viorel Chetraru, director of the National Anticorruption Center believes that the group of suspects might be larger and employees of the Prosecutor’s office and of courts might be involved in this case.  

"The criminal case started following our control. We were the ones who sent the case to prosecutors. If the employee of Center does not admit his fault, it is his stance.  We will prove the contrary by criminal proceedings. The investigation is to determine how real this bribe is. We suppose that there is a larger group of suspects that must be identified and they are not just from the National Anticorruption Center.   It might comprise employees from courts or the Prosecutor's Office. This case is examined by an investigation group made up from prosecutors and officers of the Internal Security Service of the National Anticorruption Center", said Viorel Chetraru.

The employee of the institution who was arrested on June 3 is Ruslan Harcenco, senior officer for operative investigations. He was employed in March 2014. Viorel Morari argued that the officer took the money in February 2016 when the criminal case on the name of Octavian Vucol was initiated. The policeman promised to the president of Basketball Federation that he would determine his colleagues to take a favorable decision   on his name and assured him that he would not be arrested.

Octavian Vucol was arrested in mid-May on suspicion that, aided by two accomplices, would have convinced a Slovak citizen to invest 340,000 euros in the construction of a multi-functional sports complex on str. Trandafirilor 2 in Chisinau, for the National Basket Federation. This would have happened even if the Federation did not have any construction authorization or document on land property of 0.4 hectares. Octavian Vucol did not plead guilty and argued it is a personal attack.

 

Anastasia Nani
15/06/2016



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