Earthquake in the Prosecutor's Office: Four Requests for Suspension in One Day. Why is Mirandolina Sușițcaia's Position Shaking

Viorica Mija
Sursa: CIJM

UPDATE: CSP members decided to postpone the meeting until November 9 after finding a lack of quorum.

INITIAL NEWS: The interim  General Prosecutor, Ion Munteanu, will request the Superior Council of Prosecutors (CSP) to suspend four prosecutors. They are Mirandolina Sușițcaia, Vladimir Martea, Vadim Machidon, and Dumitru Triboi. On Thursday, November 2, starting at 9:00 a.m., CSP members will examine the request of the General Prosecutor's Office. In the case of one of the prosecutors, Mirandolina Sușițcaia, exposed by for the way she managed the Laundromat file and those related to Veaceslav Platon, the initiative was already submitted by Munteanu's predecessor, Dumitru Robu.

Regarding one of the accused prosecutors, Mirandolina Sușițcaia, who was criticized by for her management of the Laundromat file and those of Veaceslav Platon, a similar request was previously submitted by Munteanu's predecessor, Dumitru Robu.

Previously, in March, the CSP postponed the examination of measures to suspend Vladimir Martea, Mirandolina Sușițcaia, and Vadim Machidon. The acting general prosecutor updated these suspension requests. The CSP members will also determine the fate of Dumitru Triboi, the chief prosecutor of the Ungheni District Prosecutor's Office, involved in a tragic accident in Bahmut resulting in four deaths.

Prosecutor Vadim Machidon from Orhei is the one who brought and supported the accusation against former Ungheni policeman Gheorghe Petic in a fabricated rape case. He is also accused in a corruption case, along with a lawyer who allegedly offered him a bribe of 10 thousand euros. The defense attorney was caught in the act when handing over the money to Machidon to influence a decision in a criminal case under his management.

Machidon was not suspended from his position during the criminal investigation, citing the presumption of innocence. The lawyer involved was also retained in the legal profession. Both defendants maintain their innocence.

The examination of the procedure for the suspension of Mirandolina Sușițcaia from her office, who is criminally investigated for illicit enrichment and abuse of office, has been postponed multiple times. A similar request was made by the former interim General Prosecutor, Dumitru Robu, during the criminal investigation. Sușițcaia came under scrutiny following investigations by the Center for Investigative Journalism, which uncovered her involvement in the Laundromat file and connections with controversial businessman Veaceslav Platon.

In 2021, Sușițcaia was reassigned from the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office to another institution. Files involving Veaceslav Platon, including those related to the Russian Laundromat, were withdrawn from her management.

The Center for  Investigative Journalism (CIJM) published a report last year detailing how Mirandolina Sușițcaia allegedly mishandled the Laundromat file. The investigation provided documentary evidence that the prosecutor avoided sharing information about the Laundromat with the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry concerning the Russian laundromat, allegedly with the support of the then-General Prosecutor, Alexandr Stoianoglo.

Shortly after, reporters from the portal spotted Mirandolina Sușițcaia having coffee with Mihail Gofman, the former deputy head of the CNA's Prevention and Combating of Money Laundering Service, at a restaurant in Chisinau.

Gofman was allegedly the one who proposed an amendment to the Law on the Prevention and Combating of Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism, which could have served as a legal cover for money laundering on a significant scale through the courts and financial-banking institutions of Moldova. This scheme was purportedly organized and implemented by Veaceslav Platon.

Viorica Mija

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