Ex-president of Moldova Dodon suspected of treason

The house of the ex-president of Moldova Igor Dodon was searched in the case of treason Dodon denies taking money from the businessman

Igor Dodon

Employees of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor's Office and the Information and Security Service of Moldova searched the house of former President Igor Dodon, Cotidianul reports citing the press secretary of the Prosecutor General's Office, Mariana Kerpec. This is connected with the case of a bribe that Dodon, according to prosecutors, received from the former head of the Democratic Party, businessman Vladimir Plahotniuc. ZDG.md, citing the Prosecutor General's Office, clarifies that the ex-head of state is suspected under three articles of the Criminal Code— 337 (treason), 343 (passive corruption) and 330.2 (illicit enrichment).

Searchs are taking place in other places as well, including “property properties owned by intermediaries,” according to Kerpek.

On May 18, a criminal case was opened against Dodon in Moldova because of a video published by ex-deputy Iurie Renita back in 2020. On the footage, Plahotniuc and his deputy Sergei Yaralov hand over a package to the suspect. According to Renita, the meeting took place in 2019, when Dodon was still in the presidency, and there was a large amount in the package. They are discussing with Plahotnyuk on video the creation of a coalition in parliament that would have a constitutional majority. According to TV-8, the president said at the same time that he “constantly writes notes to [Russian President Vladimir] Putin.”

In 2020, the prosecutor's office refused to open a case against Dodon, without revealing the “elements of the crime”: the contents of the package could not be established. However, this May, the Chisinau Court of Appeal overturned the court’s decision not to initiate a case and the corresponding order of the Anti-Corruption Committee.

Dodon denied receiving this money and explained this persecution as an attempt to achieve his “flight from the country.” and divert attention from the problems of Moldova, “when everything goes wrong.”

Last December, the ex-president was recognized as a suspect in the case of embezzlement in 2008 of $12 million using a scheme involving Energocom, which provides Moldova with electricity, and the Ministry of Economy (at that time it was headed by Dodon).

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