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Moldova’s ex-premier charged with corruption stripped of parliamentary immunity

October 15, 2015, 16:32 UTC+3 CHISINAU
The move was supported by 79 of 101 deputies at the request of Moldova’s Prosecutor General Corneliu Gurin, who presented results of the probe
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Moldova's former Prime Minister Vlad Filat

Moldova's former Prime Minister Vlad Filat

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CHISINAU, October 15. /TASS/. The Moldovan parliament on Thursday stripped of parliamentary immunity former Prime Minister Vlad Filat, accused of implication in thefts in the country’s banking system.

The move was supported by 79 of 101 deputies at the request of Moldova’s Prosecutor General Corneliu Gurin, who presented results of the probe.

Earlier, the decision was supported by the parliament’s legal commission after it had reviewed data produced by the prosecutor’s office.

Filat himself, told reporters before the voting that he did not need parliamentary immunity. "An investigation begins. I hope for a fair investigation where I will prove my innocence," he said.

The opposition Party of Socialists and Our Party have been picketing the parliamentary building, demanding that those responsible for thefts in the country’s banking system be brought to justice.

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