Moldova ex-PM held over $1bn bank scam
A court has extended the detention of Moldova’s former Prime Minister Vlad Filat for 30 days as his possible role in a $1bn banking scam is investigated.
His liberal PLDM party - in Moldova’s ruling coalition - condemned the move as “purely political” and “a violation of his rights”.
He was arrested on Thursday, suspected of involvement in the disappearance of $1bn (£646m) from three Moldovan banks.
The scandal has thrown Moldova into economic and political chaos.