April 20: The Plahotniuc regime, to avoid the release of political prisoner Grigory Petrenko against the background of pressure from international organizations, has resorted to “banal tricks” to keep the leader of the opposition party Red Bloc under arrest.
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“This is a banal trick, resorted to so that today’s hearing wouldn’t affect “sensitive issues” in connection with the preventive measure against Grigory Petrenko. The regime wants at all costs to avoid the potential appearance of Petrenko among the protesters on April 24, and so they once again stall,” Ana Ursachi.
“Today it is not so, because the regime was anticipating the opposite possibility, namely that they will have to release Petrenko!” explained Ursachi.
The court hearing of April 20 was postponed on the grounds that Judge Ludmila Ursu is on sick leave. A new hearing was announced for April 25.
It should be noted that on April 26 the mandate expires for the house arrest of all the Petrenko Group political prisoners, which was previously extended by the court and upheld by the magistrates of the Chisinau Court of Appeal.