The Superior Council of Magistracy (SCM) issued on Friday, September 9, the consent to search the house of a magistrate of the Chisinau Court. A request to this effect was submitted by the acting Prosecutor General Dumitru Robu.
According to Ziarul de Gardă sources, Aureliu Postică is the judge in respect of whom the SCM issued the consent to carry out searches and was suspended from office.
“The referral concerning the issuance of the consent to carry out searches and to initiate criminal proceedings (…) is admitted. The judge is suspended from office (…),” said Dorel Musteață, acting president of the SCM.
Aureliu Postică has been a judge since 2011 and was a prosecutor between 2000 and 2011. He worked at the Orhei Court, and in 2014 he was transferred to the Riscani Court, Chisinau municipality. Since 2019 he has been working at the Buiucani seat of the Chisinau Court.
Previously, Ziarul de Gardă wrote that Postica was evaluated several times, ordinarily or for promotion to a higher court, or to administrative positions, receiving each time the qualification “very good” (in 2014, 2016, 2018), in his work no disciplinary violations were found. In 2016, Postică rejected the request of Domnica Manole’s lawyers to annul the order to start criminal proceedings on the judge’s behalf issued by Eduard Harunjen, the then acting prosecutor general. The prosecutors would later drop the charges in that case.
Aureliu Postică was part of the panel of judges that acquitted the five female judges detained in a corruption case in 2018 (Galina Moscalciuc, Svetlana Tizu, Liubovi Brânză, Ludmila Ouș and Victoria Hadârcă). In 2019, Postica attended the General Assembly of Judges, which was deemed illegal by the SCM and the then government, calling for the dismissal of the SCM members. However, the event was cancelled due to lack of quorum.
In November 2021, ZdG wrote that Aureliu Postică has owned a 147.7 square meter apartment house since 2020, for which he claims to have paid 500 thousand lei. He also declares that he owns 2 apartments, 41 and 80 square meters, acquired in 2009 and 2018, as well as two cars: Volvo XC 90, manufactured in 2010 and acquired in 2018 for 285 thousand lei and Toyota Yaris, manufactured in 2004 and bought in 2014 for 10 thousand lei (!). The magistrate’s family keeps 648 thousand lei and 10 thousand euros in two banks, one in Moldova and one in Austria.
Since 2018, Diana Postica, the magistrate’s wife, is the founder and administrator of the company “D.B. Express Acount” with accounting and financial auditing activities and tax consulting. The LLC has its legal address in one of the family’s apartments, in a block previously built for employees of the prosecutor’s office. The apartment is pledged to Victoriabank for a loan taken out by the Postică family in 2021. The Posticas have two other debts: 6 thousand euros to Iulita Postica and 200 thousand lei to Energbank.
In 2020, the Posticas said they sold a real estate property to the company “Autocurat” SRL for 932 thousand lei. It is not clear which real estate the Posticas sold, because in their 2019 wealth declaration they declared the same assets that are also in the 2020 declaration, except for the residential house, which was bought last year.