March 2: Some family members of the Petrenko Group said that the authorities are persecuting them and have initiated criminal cases against them after they attended a court hearing on the case of the political prisoners.
According to Vlada Amerberg, spouse of Mikhail Amerberg, she received a summons from the Municipal Prosecutor’s Office “for her hearing as a trespasser.” She is charged with resisting police officers. She faces a fine of up to 2,000 lei, or 15 days in jail.
“Today I received a summons from the Municipal Prosecutor’s Office. I’m accused of resisting police officers on duty. We’re talking about an incident that took place to be at the end of last year, at the Appeals Chamber of Chisinau, where the police would not let the relatives of the political prisoners into the courtroom. In such cases, we face a fine or 15 days in jail,” Vlada Amerberg wrote on social networks.
According to her, summonses were also received by other relatives of the Petrenko Group political prisoners.
The Municipal Prosecutor’s Office in Chisinau is headed by Igor Popa, who, according to former Chisinau prosecutor Ivan Dyakov, was involved in fabricating the criminal case against the leader of the opposition party Red Bloc Grigory Petrenko and the other political prisoners who have been under arrest since September 6, 2015, for participating in a peaceful protest in front of the General Prosecutor’s Office.
Translated by Greg Butterfield