Statement of the political party Our Home is Moldova (Red Bloc)
The political party Our Home is Moldova (Red Bloc) expresses its categorical protest against the corrupt courts of the Republic of Moldova, which ignore the guarantees of European officials for the release of the Petrenko Group political prisoners. Red Bloc activists call on all foreign diplomats and concerned citizens to support our comrades.
|At mass protest in Chisinau, January 24, 2016.
Photo by Alina Rutich
The regime’s actions are alienating everyone, except the judges, who by law should be models of impartiality and integrity. The “consideration on the merits” of the political prisoners’ case was delayed for months, the prosecution has still not clearly formulated its case, and the demonstrators, including honorary member of PACE Grigory Petrenko, remain in detention without a shred of evidence. Not to mention the repeated examples of pressure put on the political prisoners at Penitentiary No. 13.
Representatives of the European Community expressed their willingness to vouch for the political prisoners of the Petrenko Group, and petitioned for their release from custody, return to their families and friends. Such a development has no precedents in Moldova. How did the Themis of Moldovan justice respond? With neglect, insults, and disregard.
We would like to draw the attention of all foreign friends, representatives and observers to the fact that in the center of Europe, in the 21st century, there is the totalitarian regime. Moreover, this regime is not hiding its true face from anyone. No crime committed by the oligarchs who’ve captured the Moldovan state will be overlooked; they must receive their just deserts.
FREEDOM for the Petrenko Group!