Moldovan Court Sentences Former PM to 9-Year Term

Moldova's Prime Minister Vlad Filat speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Moldovan embassy in Brussels, Belgium, March 27, 2012.
Moldova’s Prime Minister Vlad Filat speaks during an interview with The Associated Press at the Moldovan embassy in Brussels, Belgium, March 27, 2012.

{VOA NEWS} – A court in the impoverished former Soviet republic of Moldova has sentenced former Prime Minister Vlad Filat to nine years in prison after finding him guilty of corruption and abuse of power while in office.

Filat — prime minister from 2009 to 2013 — was arrested last year during a parliamentary session after months of public protests sparked by the disappearance from three banks of $1 billion — nearly 13 percent of the tiny country’s annual GDP.  His successor later lost a parliamentary vote of confidence.

Accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes linked to the disappearance, Filat also faces related charges in a separate case that has not yet gone to trial.

Filat’s pro-European coalition had long been linked to the country’s most powerful oligarch, Vladimir Plahotniuc, who is accused of running the country through bribes and intimidation. READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

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