Moldovan President Maia Sandu’s government suspended the opposition-backed Prosecutor General Alexandru Stoianoglo who was detained by security forces in a corruption case.
Sandu won the presidency on an anti-corruption ticket last year and her government has prioritized cleaning up the justice system and the prosecutor general’s office. Stoianoglo was appointed during the presidency of Sandu’s pro-Russian predecessor, Igor Dodon, in 2019. He was charged with abuse of office in favour of criminal groups.
Additionally, Justice Minister Serdgiu Litvinenco accused Stoianoglo of being a puppet in the hands of large corrupt officials and thieves who have been robbing Moldova for decades.
Moldova is a small country of 3.5 million that borders European Union member Romania, has been dogged by instability and corruption scandals in recent years, including the disappearance of $1 billion from the banking system.