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    Moldovan Prosecutor’s Office challenges decision to release former President Dodon from house arrest

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    The Moldovan Prosecutor’s Office has challenged the court ruling that the country’s former president Igor Dodon could end his house arrest after his arrest in May for passive corruption, illicit enrichment and treason.

    The former president himself announced this Sunday the intentions of the Prosecutor’s Office by publishing the documents received in this regard on his Telegram account. The initial ruling, announced on November 18, exempted her from arrest at his home but prohibited her from leaving the country.

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    “The Supreme Court of Justice is summoned, which will consider a protest to its ruling of November 18 on the use of the ban on leaving the country as a preventive measure,” Dodon said.

    The Moldovan Prosecutor’s Office already summoned Dodon to testify in December 2021 as a suspect of having incurred in a scheme to steal public resources, although the former president called the summons a “smoke screen”. “It’s impossible to intimidate me,” he said then.

    According to investigating judges, the leaders of the Energocom company, which guarantees the supply of electricity in the country, colluded with various officials from the Ministry of Energy and the National Agency for Energy Regulation, among others, to purchase energy at extra costs that then they benefited.

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    This situation takes place in the midst of the increase in tensions in the separatist region of Transnistria due to the military offensive launched on February 24 by Russia against Ukraine by order of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Dodon, pro-Russian, was defeated in the 2020 elections by the conservative and pro-European Maia Sandu. Moldova is a former Soviet republic candidate for EU membership and is located between Ukraine and Romania. The country is torn between its aspirations to strengthen its ties with the European Union and strengthen its ties with Moscow.

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