Moldovan ministers suspected of corruption
CHISINAU, February 13, - RAPSI. Moldova's National Anti-Corruption Center is suing three ministers of the Liberal-Democratic Party, the center's spokesperson Angela Starinschi told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
Culture Minister Boris Focsa is suspected of having signed illegal deals to sell and privatize historical buildings in downtown Chisinau. A lawsuit was filed against him for abuse of office, which is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Healthcare Minister Andrei Usatii faces accusations of committing a similar crime. He was summoned to the center as a suspect in a case concerning the illegal pledge of a 546-square-meter facility in a major hospital. Finance Minister Veaceslav Negruta is being prosecuted in connection with a large compensation paid by the ministry to former MP Petru Sandulachi, who is now engaged in business activity.
All of the three ministers facing criminal prosecution are members of the Liberal-Democratic Party led by Prime Minister Vlad Filat.
The prime minister issued several harsh statements on Tuesday with regard to his partners in the ruling coalition, which also includes the Democratic and Liberal parties, and canceled Wednesdays government meeting to call a press briefing. Later on Tuesday, Filat called a party council meeting.