A former Moldovan president has been detained following a series of police raids as part of a judicial investigation into suspicions of treason, corruption, illicit enrichment and illegal party funding, say the prosecutors.
Budapest, Hungary — A former Moldovan president was taken into custody following a series of police raids on Tuesday as part of a criminal investigation into suspicions of treason, corruption, illicit enrichment and illegal party funding, officials said. prosecutors said.
Photographs showed members of Moldova’s Information and Security Service escorting former President Igor Dodon to a van after his arrest at his home in the capital, Chisinau. Dodon leads the main pro-Russian opposition bloc in the Eastern European country.
Senior anti-corruption prosecutor Elena Cazacov did not identify the detainee. She told a news conference that he and a second person had been taken into custody for 72 hours after authorities ruled there was otherwise a “risk of destruction of evidence”.
Earlier Tuesday, Moldovan media reported Dodon’s detention but authorities have not officially confirmed it.
The Moldovan site Protv.md broadcast live several police officers standing guard outside the door of a house described as belonging to Dodon, who served as president from 2016 to 2020.
Cazacov said the investigation focused on alleged acts of “illicit enrichment, passive bribery, illegal party financing and (treason), which took place since 2014”.
“The subjects of the investigation are mainly one of the former presidents of the Republic of Moldova and his relatives, but also other people who have a connection with the commission of the alleged acts,” she said.
During the police search, many supporters of Dodon as well as other demonstrators gathered in the street. Dozens of Dodon supporters also gathered outside the Moldovan parliament in the capital Chisinau to demand the resignation of the government. The former president’s party controls 22 of the 101 seats in parliament and is the main opposition force, acting in a coalition with the Communist Party of Moldova.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that Moscow was “alarmed” by the “persecution” of Dodon, but noted that it was an internal Moldovan affair.
“We are, of course, alarmed that once again such practice and persecution is being used against those who support the development of friendly and mutually beneficial relations with the Russian Federation,” Peskov told reporters during the interview. a conference call.