The Freedom Moldova Human Rights Foundation earlier reported many violations of the legal proceedings during the pre-trial investigation and the trial on the so-called “Platon’s case”. It is to be recalled that Veaceslav Platon, who is one of the few key witnesses in the case of “$1 billion bank fraud”, has been removed from his trial on the far-fetched and extremely doubtful reasons. Despite a wide public resonance the so-called “Platon’s case” gained, the court sessions are unjustifiably held behind closed doors.

It is reasonable that in such conditions the only chance of the defendant to exercise his right to defense is the meetings with his lawyers through whom he somehow can inform the court and the public about his position. However, even this obviously cutdown, faulty, but at least some semblance of continuation of legal assistance is failed to be provided by the Department of Penitentiaries and in particular by employees of the Penitentiary No.13.

We need to note that defendant Veaceslav Platon, who claims that he has the necessary proofs and information connected with the $1 billion bank fraud in Moldova, is systematically deprived of the right of access to his lawyers.

The administration of the Penitentiary No.13 therefore violates provisions of the legislation on the Bar, the Correctional Code, the Code of Criminal Procedure, actively interferes not only with the implementation of the detainee’s right to defense, but also hampers citizens to find socially significant information on the case of “$1 billion bank fraud”.

Freedom Moldova expresses its concern about the illegal actions of the administration of the Penitentiary No.13, and emphasizes that such developments are nothing less than the intended isolation of the defendant (who is already in prison) from the outside world.

We call attention of all interested organizations and international structures dealing with monitoring of the functioning of democratic institutions in the Republic of Moldova to the unprecedented violations of the rights, standards, and procedures in the so-called “Platon’s case”. The intended and systematic obstacles the authorities put to not allow shedding light on actions of organizers and perpetrators of the “fraud of the century” prove again that the prosecution of Veaceslav Platon is politically motivated.

August 22, 2017.
Published at 23-08-2017, 10:55.

The Freedom Moldova Foundation continues to monitor the events concerning detention of two participants of the protest rally held on July 19, 2017, – S.Tomsa and S.Vlasov. In the rally day the circumstances of their detention already raised flags about the police work. Subsequently both detainees have received 10 days of administrative detention for the so-called “resistance to the police officer”. No independent witness and video evidence of the “resistance” have been provided to the court of law, and the general public either. The court has unreasonably applied an exceptional measure to punish peaceful protesters – the administrative detention.

We believe it another example of the police and judicial arbitrariness. We have to note that the cases when the plainclothes law enforcement officers pull out from ranks of protesters and subject them to punishment with the purpose to intimidate all others, have become a trivial routine for the police. We condemn the use of police officers for the political purposes as provokers to discredit peaceful protest rallies.

Freedom Moldova is also concerned about the conditions in which the injured protesters were held under arrest. Those conditions failed to meet elementary standards of safety, were inhuman and obviously aimed at intimidating.

The Freedom Moldova Foundation considers that on July 19, the police very seriously violated the rights of citizens to peaceful protest. The Foundation calls attention that the police shall be bound to ensure public order during protest rallies, including the protesters’ safety.

August 8, 2017
Published at 9-08-2017, 09:16.