A Former Anticorruption Prosecutor, Detained for Bribery, Might Be Criminally Investigated for not Fully Declaring His Assets
The National Integrity Authority issued a statement regarding the former anti-corruption prosecutor, former prosecutor of the Soroca District Prosecutor’s Office, Dumitru Cernițu, establishing that he infringed the law while completing his declarations of assets and personal interests.
The inspector from the National Integrity Authority found that Cernițu allegedly didn’t mention in his declaration the income obtained from individuals amounting to around 1,000 euros (19,155 lei). Cernițu also didn’t mention a real estate that he owned and had the right to use during 2017-2019.
Asked for his point of view on these discrepancies, the ex-prosecutor presented contradictory explanations, without any conclusive evidence, for which the inspector notified the prosecution. The inspector mentioned that there are suspicions of the intentional commission of a crime, provided by art.3521, paragraph (2) of the Criminal Code.
The finding act issued by the National Integrity Authority was challenged in the court.
In 2019, after two years working within the Soroca Prosecutor’s Office, Cernițu changed to the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office. In the same year, Cernițu was detained by the National Anticorruption Center on suspicion of corruption and bribery. He was suspended from office.