To Ambassadors Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary accredited in the Republic of Moldova
To the Head of the OSCE Mission
To the Head of the Council of Europe Office in Chisinau
To the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Moldova
To human rights organizations
Ladies and gentlemen,
I have no choice but to address the open letter to you in the context of the continuing serious violations of my civil rights and freedoms. For last 12 months the entire Moldovan society has been witnessing how Plahotniuc tried to make silent, to morally break and destroy me as his opponent and one of key witnesses of the $1 billion bank fraud in Moldova.
My illegal arrest in Ukraine, and no less illegal extradition to Moldova, the criminal case based only on an unsubstantiated denunciation made by Ilan Shor, the secret court sessions, my removal from the trial and total isolation, campaigns for misinformation and demonization in media, prosecution and intimidation of all who worked with me in recent years – all the above are the display of fears by Plahotniuc. He is afraid of me more than anyone else!
For this very reason my prison cell is guarded day and night by at least 20 special forces officers, and there are submachine gunners under my cell window. For this reason I was removed from the trial sessions, deprived of access to information, and the press is kept at length which allows only shouting to one another. For this reason my lawyers cannot get to me when there is a need, and they have been repeatedly dragged to prosecutor’s offices and courts. For this reason the criminal cases continue to be brought against me, “worthy” to be included in collections of the best jokes about prosecutors.
Plahotniuc failed to break me. Whatever he did against me, nobody trusts him. The corrupt nature of this reprisal is long been obvious to everyone. My prosecution is used as a smoke screen for the purpose to hide from people the true organizers, perpetrators, and beneficiaries of the $1 billion theft.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Drawing on the example of my trials, it is possible, if desired, to make a special course on how the judicial system should not work.
I urge you to see for yourselves how the Moldovan justice degraded. I will be grateful if the representatives of your diplomatic missions and organizations are willing to personally come to one of trials against me for monitoring the developments. There is more to it than Platon — a personal and political opponent of Plahotniuc. The matter is that any person has the right to fair trial, to respect for human rights and freedoms, regardless of what is incriminated to him. Monitoring is all the more important when it is about socially significant and high profile frame-up trials.
Veaceslav Platon, the Penitentiary No.13