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Moldova: Intimidation / possible prisoners of conscience

, Index number: EUR 59/005/2006

Ana Ursachi (f) and Roman Zadoinov (m), both lawyers who have worked closely with Amnesty International to issue Urgent Actions on torture cases, were informed on 28 June that they face criminal prosecution for spreading false information about human rights violations in Moldova. In a letter to the national Bar Association of Moldova, dated 26 June, the Prosecutor General's Office states that the two lawyers are accused under Article 335 of the Criminal Code of "misuse of official position" which means that they could face a maximum prison sentence of five years or a fine.

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