After numerous delays at the Supreme Court of Justice, the hearing for the appeal of former Vice President of the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ), Oleg Sternioala, has been postponed indefinitely. Sternioala is seeking the annulment of the decision made by the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) to grant permission for his prosecution on charges of illicit enrichment. He has filed an appeal against the decision of the Chisinau Court of Appeal, which previously rejected his request. Exclusive images of the luxurious home belonging to the Sternioala family were presented by Anticoruptie.md.
Oleg Sternioala, who served as the Vice President of the Supreme Court of Justice, has been involved in a legal battle with the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) for the past three years. The dispute has been presented before the Chisinau Court of Appeal, which dismissed his petition seeking the annulment of the CSM's decisions pertaining to the authorization of criminal prosecution actions against him, as well as the decision regarding the closed session examination of the notification to the General Prosecutor's Office concerning the authorization of criminal prosecution actions.
Sternioala appealed the decision to the CSJ, and the first hearing to determine the admissibility of the appeal was scheduled for September 14, 2022. However, since then, the hearing has been repeatedly rescheduled, accompanied by a recusal motion and a declaration of abstention. On April 12, 2023, it was decided to postpone the hearing of the appeal indefinitely.
It should be noted that in November 2019, the CSM granted permission to initiate a criminal investigation into Oleg Sternioala for illicit enrichment. Prosecutors alleged that the judge acquired the property where he resided with his family using a power of attorney from his deceased father, and the funds used in the transaction were of illegal origin. Furthermore, according to the accusations, the Sternioala family reported an official income of 7.08 million lei, but they purchased several luxury items with an estimated value exceeding 13.8 million lei.
In early December 2020, Oleg Sternioala submitted a resignation request, which was subsequently accepted by the Superior Council of the Magistracy.
On January 12, 2020, the prosecutors managed to enter the former judge's residence to assess his assets. Sternioala personally opened the gates after observing the intervention team prepared to forcefully enter his property. However, the day before, Sternioala had refused to grant the law enforcement officers access to his yard.
Oleg Sternioala maintains his innocence and believes that the criminal trial and the accusations brought by the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office were orchestrated to remove him from the judicial system.
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