VIDEO // Former lawyer Ala Popa loses again: Chisinau Court of Appeal rejected the complaint regarding the violation of the right to protect her image when conducting an investigation by CIJM

Anticorupţie.md
16/06/2022
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The Chisinau Court of Appeal rejected on Thursday the complaint of the former lawyer Ala Popa against the activist Anatol Matasaru regarding the alleged violation of the right to protect her own image. The complaint was filed after Anatol Matasaru contributed to the journalistic investigation into prosecutor Igor Popa. Based on this investigation, the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office filed a criminal case against Igor Popa for illicit enrichment.

The appellate court upheld the decision that was handed down last autumn by the Chisinau District Court.

This is not the only complaint filed by Ala Popa against Matasaru after he had helped the Center for Investigative Journalism to conduct the investigation into Igor Popa. In July 2021, the Chisinau District Court rejected as unfounded another complaint in which Ala Popa demanded 15,000 lei from Matasaru for violating the right to protect her image and privacy.

In September 2021, prosecutors in the Chisinau Central Prosecutor's Office issued an order not to follow up on Ala Popa's complaint against Matasaru after filming for the investigation of the Center for Investigative Journalism. The ordinance was challenged by Ala Popa in court and was admitted by Judge Victor Ratoi. The decision of the court of first instance was challenged in the hierarchically superior court.

However, prosecutors replied to a complaint by Ala Popa against Matasaru and filed a criminal case against him for violating the inviolability of her personal life during the period when the activist was helping to carry out the investigation. The trial started in March 2020 and several hearings postponed.

On March 15, 2022, the five-year term of Magistrate Irina Paduraru expired and the case was transferred to another judge who resumed the examination of the case from scratch.

We remind that the activist Anatol Matasaru is not the only target of Ala Popa's complaints. She has lodged several complaints with various institutions and against the Center for Investigative Journalism.

In July 2021, the CIM published the investigation "VIDEO // Fictitious divorce and the hidden property of prosecutor Igor Popa", about how a well-known and controversial prosecutor resorted to a fictitious divorce in order to hide the properties which he could not have covered from his salary at the prosecutor's office.

After the removal of Alexandr Stoianoglo from the leadership of the General Prosecutor's Office, the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office filed a complaint against the subjects from the investigation and started a criminal case against Igor Popa for illicit enrichment.

Anticorupţie.md
16/06/2022



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