Former head of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, Viorel Morari was detained for 72 hours by prosecutor Renata Anici. The prosecutor also presented him with a copy of the request submitted to the investigating judges regarding the pre-trial detention request for a period of 30 days. Viorel Morari pleads not guilty and claims that the investigation is started at the request of the General Prosecutor’s Office, SafeNews.md transmits with reference to anticorruption.md.
Viorel Morari came on Tuesday, at 14.00, to the Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Organized Crime and Special Cases (PCCOCS), being summoned two weeks ago. Prosecutor Renata Anici handed over the order on the status of suspect, then drew up the arrest report, and later forwarded the indictment to Morari lawyer.
According to Morari’s lawyers, he is accused of “organizing the misleading of judges who issued arrest warrants” in the name of Igor Borş, co-owner of the Vento gas station network.
At the same time, Renata Anici argued the need to apply pre-trial detention for the former head of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office by the fact that he could evade responsibility and leave the country through the Transnistrian region.
The lawyers asked the prosecutors to ensure for Wednesday the escort of Viorel Morari at the Buiucani office of the Chisinau Court, where a new court hearing will take place in the case filed a year ago against the former head of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office for abuse of office and forgery.
We specify that at the hearing on December 21, during which V. Platon was heard, the accuser Renata Anici appeared, and replaced the prosecutor Elena Ceruţă. The prosecutor requested that the hearing be postponed on the grounds that she needed to be acquainted with the case, and the court made one hour available to her. Renata Anici requested the change (recusal) of two judges from the court panel. The request for recusal was rejected. Over the past month, both the plaintiffs and Veaceslav Platon have filed three requests for recusal of the panel in the management of the first case filed on Morari’s behalf, after failing to appear or requesting a postponement. meeting.
As for Igor Borş, he was acquitted at the beginning of last month (December 2020), after the prosecutors gave up the accusations brought for money laundering, tax evasion and connections with Veaceslav Platon.
The Anticoruptie.md portal reported that Igor Borș was detained on March 3, 2018, along with six other alleged accomplices. The businessman was released from pre-trial detention at the end of February 2019, on the grounds that the legislation in force does not allow pre-trial detention for a period longer than 12 months.
The case was managed by former anti-corruption prosecutor Roman Statnii, who resigned in January 2020. Asked by Anticoruptie.md reporters, Roman Statnii informed us that he was summoned in this case for January 18, but did not appear on reason for illness. The former prosecutor told us that he does not know what status he has in the respective case or if Igor Borş filed a complaint.
We specify that the names of brothers Andrian and Igor Borș, co-owners of the Vento gas station network, are found in the list of the 38 criminal investigation allegedly political.