Laundromat: 18 years of imprisonment for Platon
The court found Vyacheslav Platon guilty of embezzling almost $50 million.
The court in Chisinau sentenced entrepreneur Vyacheslav Platon to 18 years of imprisonment. The investigation proved his guilt in money laundering and embezzlement on an especially large scale. According to investigators, Platon stole about a billion lei ($50 million). This is reported by Medusa.
The prosecutors demanded a more severe punishment for the businessman, 23 years in prison. Platon was not present at the hearing - he was deprived of this right because of the insult of the judges. In this regard, the entrepreneur did not come up with the last word. The meeting was held in closed session, journalists were allowed into the hall only to pronouncement of a verdict.
Later, Platon commented on the verdict, calling it a "political trial". According to the entrepreneur, his former business partner, leader of the Democratic Party Vladimir Plahotniuc was the customer of the case against him.
To recall, Vyacheslav Platon was detained by employees of Interpol in Kiev in 2016, and then extradited to Moldova. According to some reports, he was delivered to Chisinau on the Plahotniuc business jets.
On charges of embezzlement of the Banca de Economii funds Platon was declared on an international wanted list in July 2016. In addition, the businessman is a suspect in the case of Landromat - a scheme of money laundering through Moldovan banks. According to investigators, in the period from 2011 to 2014 about $22 billion was withdrawn from Russia with the help of the ‘Moldovan scheme’. Its essence was as follows: Moldovan companies entered into loan agreements, according to which Russian companies allegedly received money. Later creditors collected money from debtors through Moldovan courts. Thus, Russian firms withdrew money to Moldova, from where it was transferred on the accounts of offshore companies around the world. According to Novaya Gazeta, 21 Russian banks and about 100 companies participated in the scheme. The withdrawn money went to 732 banks in 96 countries.
According to the investigation, having taken a five-billion loan ($88.7m) from Sberbank in 2008, the owner of Pavlovskgranit deliberately split up the assets of the company so that creditors could not bring a charge against him to court.