Several lawyers and jurists from Moldova condemn the statements of Igor Popa, the former lawyer of the former Prime Minister Vlad Filat. Popa revealed on Wednesday evening during a talk show, more details from the time he was defending Filat. Thus, the lawyers requested a reaction from the Union of Lawyers of the Republic of Moldova on this case.
A legal adviser, Natalia Roșca, posted on her Facebook page, claiming that there is a lawyers’ Ethical Code that must be respected, and she wonders if the Lawyers’ Union will react in this case.
“Dear lawyers, especially those who promise to bring change, explain to me, please – how does this lawyer’s status go in hands with the Lawyer’s Code of Ethics? Will the Union of Lawyers react?” mentioned the legal advisor on her Facebook post.
Another legal adviser, Sabina Cerbu, posted: “With all due respect, but NO! There is a Code of Ethics for lawyers and a limit of common sense in the relationship with the client that you have chosen yourself.”
Asked by ZdG, the president of the Union of Lawyers of Moldova (UAM), Emanoil Ploșnița, informed us that the institution will find a solution, and the Ethics and Discipline Commission will discuss the subject.
Igor Popa, the Former Prime Minister’s lawyer, claims that Plahotniuc made sure for Filat to spend time with friends and receive holiday gifts while detained, in exchange for silence.
Popa published several letters that Filat sent him while in detention.
Following the lawyer’s statements, PLDM leader Vlad Filat posted on his Facebook page about a future press conference to talk about this case.
“After he sold me to Plahotniuc and put me in prison, the so-called lawyer Igor Popa, put by the same master, launched a whole series of misinformation and lies! As I am not in Moldova, and the accusations cannot be dismantled by a post, I will organize a Press Conference on Friday to dismantle in detail the nonsense and lies thrown in the public space by this individual without scruples, which violated the moral limit and all professional deontological norms,” wrote Filat.
The Former Prime Minister Vlad Filat was sentenced by the Moldovan courts to nine years in prison with execution. His sentence was based on passive corruption and influence peddling. He ended up behind bars following a complaint filed by the fugitive Orhei District mayor, Ilan Șor.