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    The case of Moldova's former Prime Minister Vladimir Filat is directly related to theft from the country's banking system, and new charges will be filed against him, acting Prosecutor General Eduard Harunjen said on Tuesday.

    CHISINAU (Sputnik) — Filat will face new charges in the bank scam case if new evidence is uncovered, as the "prosecutor's office continues to investigate the facts related to other amounts," the acting prosecutor general added.

    "Even if the Appeals Chamber has recently changed the sentence by reducing the sum of the bribes and confiscated amounts, prosecutors will appeal against this decision to the Supreme Court of Justice… Originally, a reasonable suspicion about $250 million emerged from the criminal case. In the course of the criminal investigation, evidence was obtained about $60 million. Therefore, the case sent to the court was regarding this amount," Harunjen said, speaking in the parliament.

    The former Moldovan prime minister was arrested in parliament on October 18, 2015, after a vote to deprive him of parliamentary immunity, and accused of accepting $260 million in bribes and facilitating a fraud scheme that resulted in the theft of 13.5 billion Moldovan lei from three of the country's major banks.

    Filat was sentenced on June 27 to a nine-year prison term, after a court found him guilty of corruption and abuse of power during his 2009-2013 term as head of government. The former prime minister has denied the accusations.


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