The Intelligence and Security Service Informed the Suspended Prosecutor-General That a Member of the Superior Council of Magistracy and the interim Chairman of the Institution had Acquired Wealth Which Substantially Exceeds the Declared Income
The Intelligence and Security Service informed the suspended Prosecutor General, Alexandr Stoianoglo, that a member of the Superior Council of Magistracy and the interim chairman of the institution had acquired assets, the value of which would substantially exceed the declared income.
In January 2020, when acting as Prosecutor General, Alexandr Stoianoglo was informed by the Director of the Intelligence and Security Service, Alexandr Esaulenco, that Nina Cernat and Dorel Musteață, members of the Superior Council of Magistracy, would have acquired goods, the value of which would substantially exceed the declared income.
The alleged information note issued by the Intelligence and Security Service was published on November 23 by the former deputy of the Dignity and Truth Platform, former vice-president of the Parliament, Alexandru Slusari.
Note of the Intelligence and Security Service vs Dorel Musteață
“It is the informative note from Intelligence and Security Service in which Dorel Musteață and Nina Cernat are targeted. See how many apartments, luxury homes, land, and cars are mentioned. See who they are with and who served Platon in the Laundromat case… I am glad that the fight against illicit enrichment has begun, especially among the judges. But it is important that this process is not a selective one and is not led by the one who, during Plahotniuc’s time, took full advantage of the oligarch’s wealth. As you can see, Mr. Stoianoglo has had all the information available since January 2020, but he has not started any criminal cases. At that time, Dorel Musteață was loyal to the Dodon-Platon regime, and later, the general prosecutor probably thought of political trade. Obviously, Ms. Sandu, Mr. Litvinenco, and Ms. Stamate received the same information, but they preferred to “reform” the judiciary with Dorel Musteață and Nina Cernat,” Slusari said in a Facebook post.
According to the documents published by the former deputy, in 2014-2018, Dorel Musteață and his relatives would have obtained 110,000 euros and would own several apartments, land, and cars. The documents also mention the fact that Dorel Mustață, together with his wife, allegedly bought from Basconslux construction company an apartment in the Râșcani sector of Chișinău, with an area of 77 square meters. During the same period, the real estate was allegedly alienated to the spouses Vasile and Feodosia Adam. The total cost of the apartment would have been 27,180 euros, the money being sent in cash, in installments. In the alleged informative note, the Intelligence and Security Service also mentions that Dorel Musteață would have registered several apartments in the name of his daughter, Cătălina Musteață, as well as in the name of his mother-in-law, Parascovia Bevziuc. Asked by ZdG, Dorel Musteață stated that part of the real estate does not belong to him, and the apartment he bought from the Basconslux company is the one he previously stated that he personally paid in three installments.
“I was not informed of such a document. I saw an article (in the press ed.n.) about the existence of an information note … Regarding the goods mentioned in the given document, they made a complete description of the property. It’s about a car, written in my sister-in-law’s name, and I don’t know why they included the car. It’s about two apartments, where I’ve never been and I don’t even know where they are located. They belong to my ex-wife. If you look there, in the name of my mother-in-law are some goods acquired in 2011 (…). What do I have with my mother-in-law’s property? It is my declaration of wealth. These are some insinuations of the author of the publication, but I think that in a year and a half the prosecutor’s office had the opportunity to verify them. And I’m sure that they checked. Moreover, in these documents, there are some statements that have not been verified. I intuit that they were introduced without any fact-checking (…). There are goods that I have no contact with. It’s a car that belongs to my sister-in-law. The apartments that are written on my daughter do not even know where they are located. My daughter has not been in Moldova since 2015. She is an adult. I intuit that those apartments belong to my ex-wife (…). I assume that this verification was carried out at the command of Mr. Posturusu, who, at that time, was the head of President Dodon’s office and I assume that Gumeniuc, Intelligence and Security Service deputy, could also be involved,” Musteață declared for ZdG.
Note of the Intelligence and Security Service vs Nina Cernat
In the documents that would have been issued by the Intelligence and Security Service, it is said that the Superior Council of Magistracy member, Nina Cernat, and her close relatives would have obtained, in the years 2014-2018, incomes of 110,000 euros. Nina Cernat, together with her ex-husband and daughter, allegedly owns 2 houses, 3 apartments, 4 cars, 2 trucks, and 5 agricultural lands. The alleged note of the Intelligence and Security Service also indicated that Cernat would be involved in protecting offshore companies used by controversial businessman Veaceslav Platon in laundering more than 20 billion dollars from the Russian Federation (Laundromat case) through Moldova’s banking system.
“Moreover, the judge participated in the so-called “raider attack” on the property of the SLI company, victim of a scheme in which fictitious debts of 4.3 million dollars were created, with the involvement of several offshore companies controlled by Veaceslav Platon: “Folignor Holding LTD”, “Chester NZ” Limited, “Ronida Invest “LLP, involved in money laundering transactions of over 20 billion dollars”, the document reads.
Nina Cernat did not respond to the calls and the ZdG message, requesting a reaction on this subject. For Replica Media, Nina Cernat stated that the information was gathered while she and Dorel Musteață were the most vocal in the Superior Council of Magistracy when they spoke “against the fact that politics takes over justice” and that it appears in the public space exactly when the Superior Council of Magistracy began to agree to start criminal cases – “someone got this information, I do not know how, and decided to slander us.” Also for the quoted source, the magistrate stated that she has nothing to do with Veaceslav Platon.
On November 12, the former deputy of the Dignity and Truth Platform, former vice-president of the Parliament, Alexandru Slusari, claimed that Dorin Damir, Vladimir Plahotniuc’s grandson, investigated in the case regarding the activity of the employees of the former 5th General Police Directorate, helped with almost 14,000 euros the new judge of the Supreme Court of Justice, Dorel Musteață, to purchase an apartment in 2017. Slusari also claimed that the interim president of the Superior Council of Magistracy, Dorel Musteață, would have bought, in 2017, two apartments in the center of Chișinău, in the blocks built for judges and employees of the judiciary at preferential prices, with 40,000 euros, real estate that is not found in the wealth declaration submitted by the magistrate. In a comment for ZdG, Dorel Musteață said that these accusations would be erroneous and that, in 2017, he bought only one apartment in the Râșcani sector of Chișinău, which he personally paid in three installments. Musteață also stated that he never talked and did not meet Dorin Damir.