Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Moldova/Transdniestria: Journalist Ernest Vardanyan Pardoned

Posted by Info on 06/05/2011

The leader of the Transdniestrian region Igor Smirnov signed the pardoning order on the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day that is marked on May 3.

Ernest Vardanyan was arrested on April 7, 2010. The Moldovan authorities and international organizations repeatedly called on the administration of Transnistria to release the journalist and Ilie Cazac, a former employer of the Bender tax inspectorate who was sentenced to 14 years in jail on the same charges.

On December 17, 2010, the unconstitutional Transdniestrian authorities sentenced Ernest Vardanyan to 15 years behind bars for state treason and espionage for Moldova. The sentence was passed after over nine months in custody.

Transdniestria and Moldova: unloved, unresolved – read more HERE

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