Denial of adequate medical care of Mr. Serghei Cosovan while in detention



The International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) requests your URGENT intervention in the following situation in the Republic of Moldova.


Brief Description of the Situation

The International Secretariat of OMCT has been informed by reliable sources about the denial of adequate medical care of Mr. Serghei Cosovan, a 46-year-old Moldovan citizen, held in custody pending trial in Prison No.16-Pruncul, Chisinau, Moldova.

According to the information received, Mr. Serghei Cosovan, who is in the end-stage of liver cirrhosis, has been detained pending trial since 28 September 2017 without adequate medical treatment. Since his arrest, Mr. Cosovan’s health condition has become dramatically worse and is in urgent need of a liver transplant. He has undertaken several surgeries while detained to stop the bleeding of his esophageal varices that occurs periodically. The last one was performed in February 2018.

Mr. Cosovan‘s case has been brought to the attention of the Moldovan Ombudsman. On 12 April 2018, experts of the Ombudsman’s Office visited Mr. Cosovan and found that his state of health is constantly aggravated and that he needs a consultation of a hepatologist in order to initiate a liver transplant procedure. The experts have stated that the delay of this process could lead to an aggravation of his state of health and even his death. The liver transplantation is not possible to do since the Penitentiary No. 16 Pruncul and the Department of Penitentiary Institutions have no health care contracts signed with medical institutions that are specialized in the field of liver transplantology.

The OMCT is gravely concerned about the critical health condition of Mr. Serghei Cosovan and the vital threat that the constant denial of adequate medical care represents. The OMCT calls on the Moldovan authorities to urgently guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Serghei Cosovan and immediately secure that he receives adequate medical care through transferring him to an accredited medical public institution specializing in severe hepatic disease and liver transplantation.

The OMCT recalls the Moldovan administration its responsibility to effectively ensure the physical and psychological integrity of all persons deprived of liberty in accordance with regional and international human rights law, and in particular the European Convention on Human Rights, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment of Punishment, and the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.

Actions requested

Please write to the authorities of the Republic of Moldova urging them to:

  1. Guarantee, in all circumstances, the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Serghei Cosovan;

    ii.    Order the immediate transfer of Mr. Serghei Cosovan to an accredited medical public institution specializing in severe hepatic disease and liver transplantation where he can receive adequate medical examination and adequate medical treatment for his disease;

iii.   Ensure that adequate conditions of detention and medical services are guaranteed to all persons that have been deprived of liberty and detained in Moldova, according notably to the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners;

  1. Guarantee the respect of human rights and the fundamental freedoms throughout the country in accordance with national laws and international human rights standards.


  • Ministry of Justice of Moldova – Victoria Iftodi, Fax: (+373 22) 23 47 97, E-mail:
  • National Administration of Penitentiaries (former Department of Penitentiary Institutions) – Director Aureliu SUHAN, Fax: (+373 22) 409-788; 409-717,
  • Penitentiary No.16-Pruncul – Igor PATRASCU (Chief of the Penitentiary 16), E-mail:
  • People’s Advocate Office of Moldova – Cotorobai Mihail, Fax: (+373 22) 22 54 42; E-mail:
  • The Governmental Agent’s Office of Moldova – Oleg ROTARI, Fax: (+373 22) 23 47 97, E-mail:
  • Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova – Pavel Filip, E-mail
  • Office of the Prosecutor General of Moldova – Eduard Harunjen, Fax: (+373 22) 21 20 32
  • Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office – Morari Viorel, E-mail:
  • Superior Council of Magistracy of Moldova – Victor Micu (The president of the CSM), E-mail:
  • H.E. Mr. Tudor Ulianovschi, Ambassador of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Moldova to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, Fax +4122 733-91-04, E-mail:

Please also write to the embassies of the Republic of Moldova in your respective country.

Please copy also the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova, the OSCE Mission to Moldova, the EU Delegation to Moldova and the Council of Europe Office of Moldova:

  • Ms. Dafina Gercheva, UN Resident Coordinator, United Nations House, Fax: (+373 22) 220 041
  • Ambassador Micheal Scanlan, Head of Mission, OSCE Mission to Moldova, Fax: +373 22 22 34 96. Email :
  •    Ambassador Peter Michalko, Head of Delegation,Delegation of the European Union to Moldova, Fax: (+373 22) 27 26 22, Email:
  • José Luis Herrero, Head of Office, Council of Europe Office in Moldova,  Fax : +373 22 202 305, Email :

Geneva, 18 May 2018