May 21, 2018
Lawyer Vitalie Taulean claims to have been physically assaulted by two policemen, who hit his head against the ground and brought him to the Prosecutor’s Office of Chisinau for questioning. The prosecutor claims that the defender did not comply with the legal requirements of the police. The lawyer needed medical assistance.
Vitalie Taulean was detained on Friday in front of the Rascani District Court of Chisinau, where he came to assist a client in a trial.
The lawyer says he did not follow the prosecutor’s order to be forcibly brought for interrogations because it is illegal therefore, he challenged it.
President of the Lawyers’ Union, Emanoil Plosnita, also came to the Prosecutor’s Office.
“I am a lawyer, I know the laws and they have done this to me. And how will they behave with simple citizens?”, Taulean asked while talking to Plosnita.
Although he was brought to the Prosecutor’s Office, Taulean could not be questioned because he had a hypertensive crisis and was taken to the hospital.
April 25, 2018
Ion Cretu, one of the lawyers defending Veaceslav Platon has been put on the wanted list. The decision was made by the Criuleni District Court, which in March 2018, issued an arrest warrant into the name of the defender. Cretu pleads not guilty and claims to be persecuted for his activity.
Lawyer Ion Cretu is accused of influence peddling. On March 18, 2014, he was detained with 15700 euros on him, money he had received from a Turkish citizen. In exchange for money, Cretu promised to arrange the release of a Bulgarian citizen, arrested for trafficking a minor for sexual exploitation.
Lawyer Eduard Rudenco told CrimeMoldova that the decision to apply the measure of pre-trial detention was taken at the request of the prosecutors on the grounds that he failed to appear at the hearing. “There were 46 court hearings in this case, and Ion Cretu missed only one, the court being informed that he had been hospitalized. Please take account of the fact that 21 of the court hearings had been postponed because of the accuser, who missed them without any reasons,” Rudenco said.
Being Platon’s lawyer, Ion Cretu was in charge of defending the interests of the businessman against the leadership of Penitentiary No. 13. The defender won a trial, after which the prison administration was forced to allow a TV set in Platon’s cell.
December 22, 2016
The Lawyers’ Union (LU) denounced the violation of human rights in Moldova by addressing an appeal to the Prosecutor General, the Superior Council of Magistracy, the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Court of Justice. The signatories of the appeal point out that lawyers are prevented from exercising their profession freely.
The irregularities mentioned by the Lawyers’ Union include frequent cases of selective application of the law, initiation of criminal proceedings after the expiry of the limitation period, reversals of prosecution and unreasoned cancellation of orders not to initiate prosecution, improper application of preventive measures, seizure of assets, deliberate leakage of information from criminal cases etc.
The signatories also inform of several cases of disproportionate application of criminal penalties, inhuman and degrading conditions of detention, especially of persons under preventive arrest and infringement of lawyers’ right to meet with their clients.
The Lawyers’ Union also finds that “laws are not understood and respected by those national authorities who persecute lawyers.”