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Chairperson of the Monitoring Committee to make fact-finding a visit to the Republic of Moldova

Stefan Schennach (Austria, SOC), Chairperson of the Monitoring Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), will travel to the Republic of Moldova from 20 to 22 Decemberwith a view to examining the conditions of pre-trial detention of Vladimir Filat, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova, and Grigore Petrenco, former member of the parliament and former PACE member. 

In Chisinau, Mr Schennach is due to meet Mr Filat and Mr Petrenco in prison, their respective lawyers, the Director of the prison, the Minister of justice, the General Prosecutor and the Ombudsman. Talks are also scheduled with the leaders of the main political parties, the Moldovan delegation to PACE and the Speaker of the parliament, as well as with representatives of the civil society and NGOs and the international community.