The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled in favor of former Prime Minister Vlad Filat, awarding him 7,500 euros in moral damages for a violation of his right to a fair trial. The court found that Filat's complaint, which claimed that his trial hearings were not public and that national courts failed to secure the presence of defense witnesses, was valid. Filat had sought a total of 30,000 euros in moral damages and 8,400 euros to cover court costs, but the ECHR ultimately determined that the government would pay the reduced amount of 7,500 euros.
Vlad Filat, the former Prime Minister of Moldova who was convicted on corruption charges in 2019, was granted an early release from detention after serving 4 years and 6 weeks of his 9-year sentence. The Chisinau Court reduced Filat's term by 685 days, citing inhumane detention conditions. This reduction was made possible through the provisions in the Code of Criminal Procedure, which grants individuals the right to seek sentence reductions or financial compensation if they are held in substandard detention conditions.
The former Prime Minister of Moldova, Vlad Filat, was granted conditional release after serving two thirds of his reduced 9-year sentence for corruption and influence peddling. This move was requested by the head of Penitentiary No. 13 and approved by the court. Filat was arrested on October 15, 2015, following the loss of his parliamentary immunity, which was revoked by a vote of 79 deputies at the request of the former general prosecutor, Corneliu Gurin. The request was initiated by a self-denunciation from Ilan Şor.