Moldovan MPs visited the troubled prison in the center of Chisinau

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Deputies of the Moldovan Parliament and the members of the Commission on national security, defense and public order visited inmates in Chisinau prison no 13. It was there serving a sentence defendants in the most high-profile cases, among them the former Prime Minister Vlad Filat, reports the correspondent channel “WORLD 24” Irina Glushko.

Penitentiary institution No. 13 in chişinău most crowded in Moldova. There are 920 prisoners. The prison is also known as a record for losing cases in the European court of human rights due to poor detention conditions.

The press was not allowed to go with the deputies. At the exit from the prison they said that he had visited several chambers and a cellar and also looked at what to feed the prisoners. Deputies noted: to their arrival in prison, made a small repair, and the conditions of detention of some prisoners has improved.

“People, when released from prison should have the opportunity to become full-fledged members of society. Such an institution should not be in the 21st century in the center of the city, which wishes to be European”, – noted Vice-the speaker of the Parliament Mihai Popsoi.

13th – the most famous prison. There are defendants in the case about the theft of billions Veaceslav Platon, the former Prime Minister Vlad Filat. An open letter to the new authorities with a request to visit the institution wrote Gheorghe Petik – an ex-employee of the border police uncover the scheme of cigarette smuggling involving government officials. In 2018 he was accused of rape and sentenced to 3.5 years in prison.

“We met with George Petik and several prisoners. Today’s visit was short. Gheorghe Petik waiting for release. We believe that he is innocent, and waiting to the competent authority spoke on this occasion. This is our first visit but not the last”, – said the Deputy of Parliament of Moldova Chiril Motpan.

Moldova has already lost 91 case to the ECtHR for ill-treatment of prisoners. This year alone, the government paid more than 200 compensation to the victims.

In the nearest plans of the government to transform the old city jail into a Museum, and the prisoners to move into a large and modern on the outskirts. Its construction could begin as early as this year. According to rough estimates, the new prison will cost 52 million euros.

The Republic of Moldova is among the countries with the greatest number of prisoners and conditions of detention are one of the main reasons for the submission of claims to the ECHR against the Republic. Moldova 18 penitentiary institutions. As at 31 December 2018 in the prison system were 6990 people. Average per convict per day is spent 9 euros.