Will We Elect Ilan Shor Again? The Chronicle of a Captured Court
The Moldovan Parliament is no longer functional. It cannot do anything, cannot meet in constructive meetings to decide and vote laws for its citizens. One of the deputies does not come to the meetings at all, but he is still considered a deputy. He is under criminal investigation for fraud and money laundering, but he hasn’t shown up for court hearings for years.
How is it possible for a deputy to disrespect Parliament, be absent for years from the workplace? Disrespect justice? Not appearing in the court when summoned? I can prove to you that such a thing is possible, I will list the last 52 sittings (fifty-two!) between April 2018 and January 2021 at the Cahul Court of Appeal, at which the deputy never appeared. It has been almost three years since deputy and defendant Ilan Shor ignored the Moldovan Courts.
In April 2018, Shor’s lawyer requested to postpone the court hearing. Next month – the hearing was postponed at the request of the prosecutor. In August 2018, the lawyer requested again to postpone them. From September 2018 to January 2019, the meetings were postponed four times. Then, in February and March 2019, at the lawyer’s request, the meetings did not take place again. In April 2019, the Court did not convoke and the hearing had not taken place. In May 2019, there was another problem with the expertise, and in June – Shor’s lawyer did not show up. In July, there were two postponed hearings and an impossibility to form the panel of judges, and then it was again postponed “in connection with the search for the defendant Shor Ilan. In August 2019, there were no hearings on this case, and next month the similar reasons: once the panel of judge could not meet, and in a few days the hearing was canceled due to expertise. For the same reasons, the meetings in November and December 2019 were postponed, and those in January-February 2020 were postponed too.
On March 19, 2020, two years later, a meeting finally began on Ilan Shor’s money laundering case. But the hearing was interrupted quickly, because “lawyer Balan Iulian left the headquarters of the Cahul Court of Appeal”.
In April 2020, three scheduled meetings did not take place due to the pandemic. The four hearings in May 2020 were postponed at the request of Shor’s lawyers. In June 2020, there was a quarantine at the Cahul Court of Appeal, and in July both Shor’s lawyers and prosecutors again requested that the hearing be postponed.
The meetings of 2, 7, and 14 September 2020 were postponed because “the work schedule of the Cahul Court of Appeal has expired.” On 21 and 25 September 2020, the hearings were postponed due to a request to change the panel of judges. On October 3, 19, 28, and on November 6 and 11, 2020, the hearings on the Shor case did not take place, “given the fact that the materials of the criminal case are at the Supreme Court of Justice and it is not possible to examine the objection request.”
On 20 November 2020, a first meeting finally happened. The court did not examine the subject of Shor’s money laundering and rejected Shor’s lawyers’ request for objection. The next hearing, on December 4, 2020, did not take place because the defendant’s lawyers, four of them, did not show up. The meetings of 10 and 17 December 2020 were postponed, “because the work schedule of the Cahul Court of Appeal has expired.” On 21 and 23 December, the meetings were again postponed due to a request for objection. This is how we arrived in 2021, when, on January 18, a hearing took place, during which the request for objection was examined and rejected. On January 22, 2021, the hearing was postponed, “given the fact that an objection request was submitted to the formation of the Court.”
On January 27, 2021, the meeting was suspended due to “the examination of the request for objection submitted by the defendant’s lawyers, until the Constitutional Court’s decision.”
A new sociological poll shows that if elections were to be held tomorrow, Shor’s Party would reach Parliament again, disregarding the fact that the party’s leader is absent, runaway, accused of money laundering, and other frauds.
This is a profound human fail, made possible by many years of brainwashing, by Ilan Shor’s televisions, shops, injustice, gifts, and manipulations. Should the accused deputies who have been absent from 52 judicial processes be admitted to election campaigns?