Veaceslav Platon was convicted without his and his lawyers’ participation
Businessman Veaceslav Platon, who was sentenced to 30 years in jail in two cases, was convicted without his presence and the presence of his lawyers. The lawyers for the businessman said the trial in which their client is involved cannot be considered fair. The issue was developed in the talk show “Politics of Natalia Morari” on TV8 channel, IPN reports.
Lawyer Valeriu Plesca said the case of Veaceslav Platon was distributed 16 times through the distribution system. Furthermore, it was known what judge the case will be distributed to several hours beforehand. The businessman is subject to inhuman and degrading treatment in the proceedings and in the penitentiary. “Most probably, Veaceslav Platon is the only detainee who was banned from having meetings with his relatives since he was deprived of freedom,” stated Valeriu Plesca. According to him, they meet with their client based on a schedule, but the legislation provides that any person has the right to meet his lawyers unlimitedly. Furthermore, the businessman does not have access to medical assistance.
Eduard Rudenco, another lawyer for Veaceslav Platon, said the businessman was questioned in the trial only once, when he was extradited. Veaceslav Platon was removed from the trial together with his lawyers. “He was sentenced to 30 years in jail without his participation and the participation of his lawyers,” stated Eduard Rudenco, adding all the applications submitted by the defense were rejected by court.
Lawyer Ion Cretu said the trial of Veaceslav Platon cannot be named fair. The businessman was convicted without an appropriate examination and without being questioned, based only on the self-denouncing statement of the mayor of Orhei Ilan Shor. “The way in which the Prosecutor’s Office and the court hide the crime is the most shocking aspect. You provide evidence of who stole and how they stole and the judges close their eyes and believe what Ilan Shor said. Why does it happen so? Because Ilan Shor was used to steal the US$ 1 billion and is also used to hide this theft,” noted Ion Cretu.
Veaceslav Platon was arrested in July 2016, being investigated for swindle and money laundering that caused damage of over 800 million lei to Banca de Economii. He got 30 years based on two counts. Veaceslav Platon pleads not guilty.