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Prosecutors asked the Supreme Court to return Dodon to house arrest.

Prosecutors asked the Supreme Court to return Dodon to house arrest.

A request was sent to the Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) of Moldova to transfer the country’s ex-president Igor Dodon from judicial supervision to house arrest, the press service of the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic reported on Thursday.

Earlier, the VSP allowed Dodon to go to Romania from January 28 to February 5 for family reasons. A number of media published the name of the hotel in Romania where Dodon planned to stay with his family.

“Today, the prosecutors of the Presidential Administration submitted a request to the SCJ to replace the measure of restraint for the defendant Igor Dodon. The prosecutors ask to return him to house arrest so that he cannot leave the country,” the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement distributed to the media.

Prosecutors refer to the testimony of a doctor who allegedly signed a document on the appointment of treatment for the son of the ex-president.

“The doctor, whose name and surname were indicated in the medical referral for the treatment of the son of the accused, stated on January 25 that he did not know this patient, did not treat or examine him, and signed the document at the request of a colleague who is the attending physician of the Dodon family,” they noted. in the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office.

In mid-November, the Collegium of the Supreme Court of Justice of Moldova changed the preventive measure from house arrest to judicial supervision, which is analogous to a written undertaking not to leave the country.

In the spring of 2022, opposition protests began in Moldova against rising prices and the economic crisis. Separate actions were carried out by the Party of Socialists, which was previously headed by Dodon, and the Shor party. Dodon was detained in May and placed under house arrest. According to the charges brought against Dodon, he is charged with accepting a bribe of up to $1 million from the former leader of the Democratic Party, oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc. Allegedly, this money was requested by the ex-president to pay for the current expenses of the Socialist Party, including for paying salaries to employees of the same political force. The former president completely denies his guilt and believes that the cases against him were initiated for political reasons.