Moldovan Prosecutor General detained in corruption investigation

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CHISINAU (Moldova), October 6 (SeeNews) – Moldovan Attorney General Alexandr Stoianoglo has been detained by agents of the country’s Information and Security Service, SIS, for 72 hours on charges of corruption, local media reported.

Stoianoglo’s office was raided by SIS and his deputies were suspended, local television station TV8 reported on Tuesday.

According to TV8, anti-corruption prosecutor Victor Furtuna appointed to investigate Stoianoglo’s actions, has opened criminal proceedings against the prosecutor general for his alleged involvement in transactions related to the theft of a billion dollars (860 million euros ) in the national banking system in 2014.

In a short statement broadcast by TV8, Stoianglo accused pro-European President Maia Sandu of “settling scores” by ordering his arrest.

In response, Maia Sandu said the decision was not hers.

“Yesterday’s decision to analyze the notification concerning the attorney general rests with the Superior Council of Prosecutors (CSP), and the decision to detain him rests with the prosecutor appointed by the CSP,” Sandu wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

On October 4, during a press briefing, Stoianoglo accused the ruling Action and Solidarity Party (PAS) formerly led by Sandu of launching a campaign to discredit him in order to justify his dismissal.

Stoianoglo was appointed two years ago by former pro-Russian socialist president Igor Dodon.

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