The oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, former leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova (DPM), is being accused of corruption by the secretary of The United States of America, Mike Pompeo, that claims Plahotniuc ruined the justice in the Republic of Moldova. Thus, Pompeo declared Plahotniuc undesirable person in SUA.
On Facebook, Pompeo mentions that U.S. is ready to support Republic of Moldova to end the corruption.
„Vladimir Plahotniuc’s corrupt actions undermined the rule of law and severely compromised the independence of democratic institutions in Moldova. Today, I publicly designate him. The U.S. stands with Moldova in its fight against corruption.”
Thus, Mike Pompeo declared that an American law prohibits visits from people that committed corruption in their countries. This law is also applied over Plahotniuc’s family members.
Vladimir Plahotniuc's corrupt actions undermined the rule of law and severely compromised the independence of democratic institutions in #Moldova. Today, I publicly designate him. The U.S. stands with Moldova in its fight against corruption.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) 13 ianuarie 2020
„Besides Plahotniuc, I also declare undesirable his wife, Oxana Childescu, his son, Timofei Plahotniuc, and his minor child. Today’s action highlights a strong signal, U.S. doesn’t tolerate corruption and is ready to support Moldova against it. The State Department will continue to use these kind of stipulations to penalize corrupt actors from this region and globally”, it also shows up in Pompeo’s message from the State Department of USA web page.
Pompeo’s announcement comes after Plahotniuc’s American visa expired in December 2019. From other sources, Plahotniuc, that is now established in Miami, would have tried to obtain a new visa or political asylum.