Former Moldovan Parliament Speaker Candu Targeted In Corruption Probe

CHISINAU -- Moldova's National Anti-Corruption Center (CNA) said on July 13 that it had searched the home of former parliament speaker Andrian Candu and three other properties owned by him as part of an investigation into allegations of "unjust enrichment."

According to the CNA, Candu has not been able to explain his acquisition of shares of an unspecified company and about 800,000 lei ($41,000).

The CNA added that Candu also must explain the origins of assets and property worth of 4.5 million lei ($230,000) he allegedly obtained between August 2016 and March 2020.

Andrian Candu, who joined parliament in 2010, served as speaker from January 2015 until February 2019. He previously served as deputy prime minister and economy minister. In 2020, he was named the presidential candidate of the Pro Moldova parliamentary group but election officials disqualified him over irregularities in the signatures he submitted in support of his candidacy.

He left politics in October 2021.

With reporting by ipn