International Anti-corruption Day // Portal Anticoruptie.md, awarded for investigations which served as basis for National Integrity Authority to act

Irina Odobescu
09/12/2020

The Anticorruptie.md portal of the Center for Investigative Journalism is among the winners of the National Integrity Authority, in the category of journalistic investigations, based on which controls were started over  integrity inspectors. ANI awarded diplomas of gratitude on three categories of activity for external development partners, civil society and investigative journalists, on the occasion of the International Anticorruption Day, which is marked on December 9.

Anticorupție.md, Ziarul de Garda, Moldova Curată, Nord News were awarded at the category The most influential investigations which served for ANI to file a complaint, to start control procedures and to issue reports of findings. The diplomas were offered in sign of gratitude for the actions taken by those awarded in the field of prevention and fight against corruption.

In the “Partnership and Development” category, ANI awarded diplomas of gratitude to advisers of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, to the Council of Europe Office in Chisinau and to the implementers of the GIZ Moldova Project for their support in developing the institution's capabilities. In the "Constructive Criticism" category, diplomas of gratitude were awarded to the most objective monitoring carried out each year by - Transparency International Moldova, the Legal Resources Center from Moldova, the Independent Press Association and the Institute for Development and Social Initiatives.

In 2020, the National Integrity Authority notified itself on the basis of several investigations conducted by the team of the Center for Investigative Journalism, published on the Anticoruptie.md portal. Some investigations were started based on notifications received from citizens on the Corruption Map of the Anticoruptie.md portal.

Three journalistic investigations targeted Deputy General Prosecutor Ruslan Popov, who did not report all his property and the business which he manages in the shadows. His property is registered on his father’s name - "VIDEO // The landowner at the head of the General Prosecutor's Office" and "Prosecutor Popov's "Millionaire" Parents."

Another investigation carried out by the Center for Investigative Journalism revealed that the head of the Ciocana office of the Chisinau Prosecutor's Office, Igor Popa, lives in a luxury apartment in central Chisinau, which is not found in the official's statement on property and interests, as well as other goods. The control was initiated in the first phase following the notification of the ANI president, Rodica Antoci.

The National Integrity Authority (ANI) filed a complaint and initiated the control over the property of several prosecutors from the Prosecutor's Office for Combating Organized Crime and Special Causes (PCCOCS), targeted in the investigation of the Anticorruptie.md portal of the Center of Investigative Journalism, “Small donations and properties: How do PCCOCS prosecutors fend”. The investigation reveals how several prosecutors have reduced prices for real estate and cars or justify their properties through donations.

Another investigation targeted the vice president of Criuleni district, Oleg Ogor, who received 170 thousand lei from the district reserve fund during the emergency from spring, for the family company that offered accommodation for doctors working in Covid-19 district hospital - "Profit amid pandemic". Ogor also admitted other incompatibilities that the Anticoruptie.md portal wrote about, following a notification on the Corruption Map. The National Integrity Authority found the violation of the legal regime of incompatibilities by the vice president of Criuleni district, Oleg Ogor - "The incompatibility of the functions of an official from Criuleni, announced by CIJM journalists, was officially confirmed by ANI".

The National Integrity Authority also found the violation of the legal regime of incompatibilities by the head of the Education Department of Criuleni district, Ala Ungurean, a case reported by the Anticoruptie.md portal, following a notification on the Corruption Map - "Incompatibility of functions of a Criuleni official, reported by CIJM journalists, was officially confirmed by ANI "

Officials from Criuleni targeted in the CIJM investigations were dismissed - "Three officials from Criuleni district, targeted in the CIJM investigations, were fired".

The latest investigation based on which ANI filed a complaint concerns the deputy head of the Chisinau Prosecutor's Office, Adrian Popenco, who lives in a house in a luxury neighborhood in Dumbrava, near Chisinau, and has been driving a state-of-the-art Mercedes for three years, properties which he claims he does not own. Read here the investigation "VIDEO // The head of the Chisinau Prosecutor's Office who lives at the mercy of his relatives".

 

Irina Odobescu
09/12/2020

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