Riot commission holds its first meeting

At 10 o'clock on Friday morning, the State Commission for April 7 riot investigation began its first working meeting in the Government Building in Chisinau.
INFOTAG, 24 April 2009, 18:47

Chisinau, April 24 ( INFOTAG ). As Infotag has already reported, such extraordinary body, whose official name is "State Commission for Investigating the Reasons, Conditions and Consequences of Riots in Chisinau", was formed by President Voronin's Decree last Tuesday. It has comprised parliamentarians from the ruling Communist Party, ministers of government, heads of several higher educational institutions [whose students were noticed among most active protesters] and representatives of the Communists-friendly mass media.

The Commission is supposed to work "in the conditions of a maximum-possible transparency", to formulate its conclusions by May 5 at the latest, and to pass a report to the new Parliament, which will consider the report at one of its first plenary sittings.

The Moldovan press criticized President Voronin for his refusal to include into the Commission even a single representative of the opposition, or the law enforcement, or special services. And Viorel Ciubotaru, Director of the Institute of Public Policies [a non-governmental organization] stated on the second day after the Commission forming he was refusing to be its member. He presumes the Commission will be unable to work independently, so no objective investigation is possible.

Last Wednesday, Chisinau was visited by Mirek Topolanek, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic presiding the European Union currently. He also offered an opinion that such a body ought to have the representatives of the Moldovan opposition and international organizations. The European Union is planning to send a riot investigation commission to Chisinau soon.