Moldova ex-PM held over $1bn bank scam

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

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.

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