The leader of the ruling Democratic Party in Moldova, oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, appears in the Interpol database on the case of money laundering and the fact of human trafficking.
For the first time, documents confirming this fact were presented by the mayor of Balti, the leader of “Our Party” Renato Usatyi on TV8 channel and published in social networks.
As follows from the documents, the first request for Plahotniuc was filed by the Italian National Bureau of Interpol in 2012 on charges of money laundering by an organized criminal group. Then, Plahotniuc was put on the wanted list with the Romanian passport No. 06263940.
This fact is of particular interest, since at that time Plahotniuc was the first vice-chairman of the parliament. Then, in his official international correspondence, he even appeared as “the third most important person in the power structure in Moldova”.
Interpol’s second request for Plahotniuc is no less interesting. It refers to 2014. This time, Vladimir Plahotniuc appears in the Interpol database on the Romanian passport with a different number - 13364307. In the field of view of the Austrian National Bureau of Interpol, he fell on charges of participating in an organized criminal group on human trafficking. It is especially noteworthy that the last update of the file on this case is dated June 19, 2016.
For the first time, information about the Interpol monitoring regarding Plahotniuc appeared in the media in November 2012, it was related to the 2008 period. The reliability of this information was confirmed on February 14, 2013 by the then Interior Minister Dorin Recean. Then, the minister said that 13 pages from the Plahotniuc file had been stolen from the documents of the Interpol National Bureau of Moldova. In the same context Recean said that the Italian Interpol Bureau has introduced a monitoring procedure for Plahotniuc because of his connection with the Russian criminal group “Solntsevskaya”. Later, on February 22 of the same year, the parliament held a private meeting, at which Recean’s information was heard. The head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs noted then that Interpol continued monitoring of Plahotniuc’s activities already in the fall of 2012, when Plahotniuc was in the position of first vice-speaker of the parliament.