Moldova’s prosecutor general detained in corruption case

Prosecutor general of Moldova Alexander Stoianoglo was detained on suspicion of corruption. He is suspected of involvement in the theft of $ 1 billion. Reuters news agency reports.

Anti-corruption prosecutor Victor Furtuna said Stoianoglo was accused of abuse of office in favor of criminal groups, as well as exceeding official duties and corruption.

According to TV8, Furtuna has opened a criminal case against the head of the Moldovan prosecutor’s office for his alleged involvement in the theft of $ 1 billion from the national banking system in 2014.

Stoianoglo was taken to a pre-trial detention facility in Chisinau. Searches have already taken place in his house and office.

For his part, Stoianoglo denies all charges. During the arrest, he told reporters that «this is the settling of scores by president [Maia Sandu]».

President Maia Sandu has already removed Stoyanglo and his deputies from office. Dumitru Robu, who has worked as deputy head of the Chisinau prosecutor’s office, was appointed acting prosecutor general.