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Society is not sufficiently insistent in demanding that the competent authorities should hold accountable all the decision makers involved in the banking frauds. Therefore, the state institutions felt relaxed and didn’t do much to investigate the fraud and return the money to the country. The issue was developed in the talk show “Black box” on TV8 channel, IPN reports.
Ex-minister of finance Veaceslav Negruta, expert of Transparency International Moldova, said given that society tolerated the absence of billions of lei from the banking system and the conversion of the stolen funds into state debt, the state institutions felt relaxed as the gap that appeared at the National Bank was filled with those securities issued by the Ministry of Finance.
The expert noted that for two years and a half the state institutions have kept silent about the investigations that should have been launched based on the information provided by Kroll. The National Bank announced that the full Kroll II report hasn’t been presented to other state institutions of Moldova and this can somehow explain their silence. Prime Minister Pavel Filip’s assertion that 90% of the persons mentioned in the Kroll report are honest people shows why nothing has been done to restore the stolen funds in this period as these “honest” people were protected.
“The second message that derives from this statement refers to the future and the Premier actually assures that these 90% of the persons mentioned in the Kroll report should stay calm as the authorities and prosecution bodies will not bother them,” stated Veaceslav Negruta.
Vladislav Gribincea, head of the Legal Resources Center, wondered why they published only the summary of the Kroll report and not the whole report. He considers the decision not to public the full report was taken in Moldova. “It is logical to get a summary. It means that the Moldovan authorities asked for it,” he stated. According to Vladislav Gribincea, the stolen funds can be brought to Moldova only by prosecution officers and prosecutors, while Kroll can only say where the money is.
“They stole by 20,000 lei from each family of the Republic of Moldova. Given the scale of the fraud, the prosecutors should have primarily dealt with this case so as to get the money back. I think this should be a priority for the prosecution service,” said the jurist.
On December 21, 2018, the National Bank of Moldova published a summary of the investigation into the bank frauds that it received together with the second report from Kroll and Steptoe & Johnson. The report reveal how the money was stolen from the Moldovan banking system and the countries transited or reached by this money.
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