Moldova Has Placed Former President Igor Dodon Under House Arrest
A court in Moldova has put former president and pro-Russian opposition leader Igor Dodon under house arrest while prosecutors investigate allegations of corruption and treason.
The Ciocana district court in Chisinau gave the order to put Igor Dodon under a 30-day house arrest just two days after his house was searched and he was placed in detention for 72 hours.
After the court hearing, the former president told the media that the case was politically motivated, a claim that the government strongly rejects.
When speaking to the media, Dodon said that the judge was carrying out a "political order" from pro-Western President Maia Sandhu, who succeeded Dodon in 2020. Dodon stated that he owns no property other than what he had officially declared.
Justice Minister Sergiu Litvinenco rejected the allegation of political interference and said that the case would be carried out "in strict accordance with the law."
The arrest of Igor Dodon has come at a time when relations between Chisinau and Moscow are particularly volatile.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Moscow was concerned at the reports of Dodon being detained and called on Moldovan authorities to respect his rights.