14 march

Non-delimitation of powers of investigatory bodies leads to disloyal competition

The non-delimitation of the powers of the investigatory bodies increases the risk of disloyal competition between them, which is called ‘police war’, say authors of the publication “Euromonitor” that is produced by the Association for Participatory Democracy ADEPT and the Independent Analytical Center “Expert-Grup” (“Moldova’s European integration: progress made in 2013 and challenges of 2014”), IPN reports.

Presenting the publication, ADEPT associate expert Mariana Kalughin said the year 2013 was marked by the actions taken to strengthen the capacities of the National Anticorruption Center. The fight against corruption resulted in the identification of 467 offenses, 374 of which were corruption-related ones, but the high number of closed cases arouses concern.

“Last year, 310 criminal cases or 65% were closed. We consider that such a state of affairs is due to the indicators set by law by which they aim to increase the efficiency of the investigation rather than the number of convictions or solutions. Thus, the investigatory bodies center on taking legal action and do not make sure that the process is finished,” stated the expert.

Mariana Kalughin also said that the Ministry of the Interior last year also took measures to combat corruption and their number is higher compared with the actions taken by the National Anticorruption Center. This fact causes questions as to the necessity of the corruption combating effort made by one body at a time when there is another body responsible for this. The expert recommended strictly delimiting the competences between the investigative bodies so as to avoid the danger of disloyal competition between them.