Legal Challenge: Vladimir Plahotniuc’s Lawsuit Against the European Council

The former fugitive deputy, sanctioned for attempts to destabilize the Republic of Moldova, has taken legal action against the European Council (EU) in the hope of overturning the decision that imposed restrictions on him and to recover legal expenses.

The case, registered on August 9, was published in the Official Journal of the EU on September 25, 2023. According to it, Vladimir Plahotniuc is requesting the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) to annul the EU Council’s decision of May 30 regarding restrictive measures related to actions destabilizing the Republic of Moldova and the implementing regulation of that decision.

It should be noted that on October 26, Vladimir Plahotniuc and fugitive deputy Ilan Șor were included in the international sanctions list drafted by the USA. As a result of this decision, all properties and assets owned by designated individuals are frozen and must be reported to the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

On May 30, the EU imposed sanctions on five individuals for attempts to destabilize the Republic of Moldova. The sanctions list included Vladimir Plahotniuc, Marina Tauber, Ilan Șor, Igor Ceaika, and Gheorghe Cavcaliuc.

On July 18, 2023, the Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office announced that it had sent a criminal case against Vladimir Plahotniuc for examination on charges of creating and leading a criminal organization, fraud, and money laundering.

On November 5, 2021, Vladimir Plahotniuc was charged in the “Metalferos” criminal case. On July 5, 2022, a warrant for his arrest was issued in connection with the aforementioned case.

On October 28, 2022, Vladimir Plahotniuc announced in an interview that he was returning to politics in the Republic of Moldova.

The former leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova (PDM), sought by the authorities in Chisinau, fled the country in 2019 and is accused in various criminal cases, including money laundering on a large scale as per Article 243(3)(b) of the Criminal Code of the Republic of Moldova.

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