The Prosecutor’s Office for Combating Organized Crime and Special Cases (PCCOCS) has stopped prosecuting the Head of the Open Dialogue Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska. The information was confirmed by the Prosecutor General of the Republic of Moldova, Alexandr Stoianoglo, in an interview with NewsMaker.
The case in which Lyudmyla Kozlovska was targeted is part of the 38 political files, in which the Prosecutor General Alexandr Stoianoglo announced that there are suspicions of illegal, abusive, selective and open pursuit for political reasons of persons from the Republic of Moldova and will be evaluated by a review group, set up within the General Prosecutor’s Office (PG).
Alexandr Stoianoglo mentioned in the interview for NM that, during the verifications, it was proved that “the evidence is missing”, and the prosecutors exhausted all the possibilities to gather them.
At the end of December 2018, information appeared in the press that the President of the Open Dialogue Foundation, Lyudmyla Kozlovska, was summoned by the PCCOCS for hearings in a criminal case launched for money laundering by an organized group, espionage, illegal financing of political parties or electoral campaigns, and mismanagement of the financial means of political parties or electoral funds. Prior to that, the authorities published a “secret report” of the parliamentary committee, which had the task of investigating “the circumstances of interference by the Open Dialogue Foundation in the domestic policy of Moldova.”
Several plane tickets for the leaders of the opposition parties in the Republic of Moldova and “two thousand US dollars transferred to a company in the Republic of Moldova, managed by people affiliated with the Dignity and Truth Platform Party”, were the most important evidence accumulated by the parliamentary commission’s inquiry into the circumstances of interference in the domestic policy of the Republic of Moldova by the Open Dialogue Foundation. However, these were enough for the members of the Commission to state that the most important parties in the extra-parliamentary opposition in Chisinau are “financed by suspicious money”, accumulated by the Polish foundation.
The commission of inquiry into the circumstances of interference by the Open Dialogue Foundation was set up on October 4, 2018 at the initiative of the Democrats. PD stated that Lyudmyla Kozlovska’s organization “constantly attacked the image of our state, the political class in Chisinau, in front of development partners, also exercising illegal interference in Moldovan political activity”.
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