Restart in the Energocom case. Former President Igor Dodon expected in court

Viorica Mija
Colaj CIJM

Judge Angela Catană is set to resume the examination of the Energocom case on Monday, September 25, in which former President Igor Dodon is involved. The court session on September 19 was interrupted at the defense's request. Three meetings have been scheduled for the month of September. Dodon is accused of favoring the signing of an electricity procurement contract, but he has consistently denied these accusations. The schemes used and the harmful contracts for the public budget were exposed in press investigations conducted by the Center for Investigative Journalism (CIJM) as early as 2008.

The case, generically named "Energocom," in which the former President of the Republic of Moldova is implicated, was sent to court for a substantive examination on September 9, 2022. The former head of state is charged with the crime of exceeding the duties of his office, as a person holding a position of public dignity, in favor of an organized criminal group. The accusation pertains to his actions from 2008-2009 when he held the position of First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Trade.

"Igor Dodon is accused of signing an opinion in May 2008, while holding the positions of First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Trade, which favored the conclusion of a contract between the General Director of SA 'Energocom' and a foreign company from Hungary for the procurement of electricity for the Republic of Moldova, amounting to 2,320,000,000 kw/h, for the period from May 2008 to June 2009. This was done in contravention of the legal provisions governing the activities of the central public energy administration authority at that time, represented by the Ministry of Economy and Trade, and specifically, the functional responsibilities of the Minister of Economy and Trade," state the accusers.

According to the provisions of the contract with the foreign company, the price of electricity for the period from May to September 2008 inclusive was $0.053 US dollars per 1 kw/h. The price for electricity delivered between October 2008 and June 2009 was $0.058 US dollars per 1 kw/h. This was in spite of the fact that SA "Energocom" had already negotiated and concluded two electricity supply contracts at a 29% lower price.

"This case pertains to events that occurred in 2008. Given that the statute of limitations on this case is set to expire in six months, it was hastily sent to court. The contracts mentioned by the prosecutor were signed just over a week after my appointment as minister. They were negotiated before my appointment, and it's unclear how they came about. All accusations are based on an opinion that is not original, but rather falsified. This opinion allowed the director of Energocom to sign a contract with a foreign company," stated Igor Dodon.

Magistrate Catană will also preside over the episode in which Dodon, together with his wife and a doctor, is accused of document forgery. This comes after the case was transferred to her for consolidation in June.

Viorica Mija

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