Accessibility links

Breaking News

Moldova Sentences Former Defense Minister To Prison

(RFE/RL) 17 January 2006 -- A Moldovan court today found former Defense Minister Valeriu Pasat guilty of abuse of power and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

Pasat was charged in connection with the sale of 21 warplanes to the United States in 1997, when he was defense minister.

He was accused of having sold 21 MiG-29s too cheaply at $40 million, causing a loss of $55 million to the state.

His lawyer, Gheorghe Amihalachioae, said the verdict is "not fair" and said he would appeal, including at the European Court of Human Rights.

(Interfax, ITAR-TASS)

RFE/RL has been declared an "undesirable organization" by the Russian government.

If you are in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine and hold a Russian passport or are a stateless person residing permanently in Russia or the Russia-controlled parts of Ukraine, please note that you could face fines or imprisonment for sharing, liking, commenting on, or saving our content, or for contacting us.

To find out more, click here.