The Criuleni Court handed down a decision by which they reinstated the socialist president of Dubasari district, Grigore Filipov, suspended on December 16, 2020, by a decision of the Dubasari District Council. His case reached the Cahul Court of Appeal, which referred the case to the same court – the Criuleni Court. Meanwhile, on January 11, the Dubasari District Council suspended again Grigore Filipov. And this time, Filipov attacked the decision in court and won the first instance. In the first case, Filipov requested the transfer of the case from the Criuleni Court to another court of equal rank, due to his friendly relations with Grigore Policinschi, the judge examining the case.
On December 16, 2020, the Dubăsari District Council approved a decision by which the president of the Dubasari district, the socialist Grigore Filipov, was suspended from office for a period of 60 days for the abuses. On 21 December 2020, Grigore Filipov attacked in court the Council’s decision to suspend him saying that the decision was unreasonable, arbitrary, and illegal. On the same day, the Criuleni District Court reinstated Grigore Filipov, suspending Council’s decision until the judges will make a final decision on this case.
Friend with the judge
On January 15, 2021, Filipov filed a request to relocate his case to another court of equal rank saying that he is a friend of Alexandru Motrică, the judge that is examining the case. On February 14, the Chișinău Court of Appeal rejected as unfounded the request submitted by Filipov and ordered the case to be examined at the Criuleni Court.
Filipov suspended for the second time
On January 11, 2021, the Dubasari District Council suspended Grigore Filipov for the second time from the district president position. The Council suspended Filipov for 30 days and created a commission to investigate the problem. Grigore Filipov filed a lawsuit to annul the Council’s decision. In his opinion, “the public authority was not entitled to issue such a decision because it was identical with the first one that was suspended by the court.” On January 20, Filipov was again reinstated by the Criuleni Court.
In the spring of 2020, Grigore Filipov outraged public opinion saying that three localities under the Moldovan jurisdiction would now be under the control of the breakaway Transnistrian region. The Dignity and Truth party denounced Filipov to the General Prosecutor’s Office.
On September 4, 2020, Filipov was on the verge of being fired when 17 out of the 27 district councilors gave him a no-confidence vote. One vote was missing for Filipov to lose his job. He got only a negative activity report for 2020.
Member of the Socialist and relative of Igor Dodon
Opposition councilors and veterans accused Filipov of multiple illegalities and even inaction in defending Moldova’s territorial integrity.
Grigore Filipov was filmed while offering 400 lei (20 euros) to the citizens to vote for the Socialist Party in the 2019 parliamentary elections. Grigore Filipov is a member of the Socialist Party and also a relative through an alliance with the former president Igor Dodon. Dodon is Filipov’s son godfather.
Previously, Grigore Filipov was targeted in an investigation by Ziarul de Gardă. The investigation is about people from the presidential entourage, led by the brother, sister-in-law, sons-in-law, godparents, cousins, or university colleagues of the couple Galina and Igor Dodon who developed and fortified businesses and fortunes of millions, the presidential family benefitting from them.