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Moldova Big Fish Avoid Corruption Trials, Report

While corruption investigations are coming fast and furious in Moldova, few cases involving important people seem to end up in court, watchdogs warn. 

Ana Maria Touma
BIRN
Bucharest
Moldova only prosecuted two high-profile corruption cases in the past two years, despite scores of investitagions and arrests. Photo: Damian Gadal/Flikr

Anti-graft prosecutors in Moldova are under scrutiny as experts and civil society activists question the small number of high-profile cases ending up in court despite an impressive-looking number of arrests and investigations in recent years.

An anti-graft coalition of nongovernmental organizations, Moldova Curata [Clean Moldova] published a report on Friday stating that of 12 senior public servants investigated in recent months for corruption, not one has been prosecuted.

The activists also say the Anti-Graft Prosecutor’s Office has refused to give out the names of the people who had been investigated, while charges in two of the cases have already been dismissed.

Moldova is seen as one of the most corrupt countries in Europe, ranking in lowly 123rd place out of 167 countries in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index.  

It has initiated a few large corruption investigations in the past two years, however, has jailed two politicians and has arrested scores of magistrates and law enforcement officers charged with bribery.

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