Moldova, Republic of: Follow-up of case MDA 170811_Conditions of detention amounting to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment _Lack of adequate medical attention
the case MDA 170811
Conditions of detention amounting to
cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment/ Lack of adequate medical attention/
Fear for the safety
International Secretariat of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) has received new information and requests your URGENT
intervention in the following situation intheRepublic of Moldova/ Region of Transnistria.
International Secretariat of OMCT has been informed by a reliable source and
Antenna International, a member organisation of OMCT SOS-Torture Network, that Mr.
Vitalie Eriomenco, a 42-year-old businessman from Vadul-lui-Voda, a
suburb of Chisinau municipality, who was allegedly tortured and ill-treated in
custody, remains detained in
Tiraspol prison n° 3 in poor conditions, without access to adequate medical care.
Furthermore, since his arrest in March 2011, he has been denied access to his
family, despite six applications submitted to the authorities.
to the information received, Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco is detained in a wet and
cold cell along with approximately 20 other individuals. It is reported that
the prison authorities regularly place detainees infected with tuberculosis in
the cell. Although Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco requested on several occasions to have
a medical examination after feeling sick, the prison authorities refused on the
ground that the prison’s hospital was not equipped to diagnose tuberculosis. According
to Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco’s lawyer who visited him beginning of October, his health
is poor and he has not received any adequate medical care. Furthermore, he was
reportedly told by the prison authorities that he was in a prison and not in a
sanatorium, and should therefore not expect to receive any preferential treatment.
Vitalie Eriomenco was remanded in custody by the Tiraspol court on 26 September
2011, for 60 more days, until 29 November 2011. It is also reported that Mr.
Vitalie Eriomenco’s lawyer continues to suffer obstacles when visiting Mr.
Vitalie Eriomenco in prison. All meetings are allegedly recorded on camera by
its deep concerns about the safety and physical and psychological integrity of
Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco, and
calls on the de facto Transnistrian authorities to guarantee his safety at all
times, including by providing immediate adequate medical care.
had earlier been informed about
the alleged torture and ill-treatment suffered by Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco, the lack of an
effective investigation into the aforementioned allegations and the absence of
adequate medical assistance.
According to the information received, on 29 March
2011, Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco was arrested without a warrant at work, in Slobozia, by six men in plain clothes, members of the
Department for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption of the Ministry of
the unrecognized Transnistrian
authorities (Pridnestrovian Moldavian
Republic or PMR, also
known as "Pridnestrovie"), on
charges of theft. Shortly after Mr. Vitalie
Eriomenco's arrest, his home
was searched with no mandate and his home keys were confiscated. His wife and
two children were reportedly woken up and forced to leave the house without
taking any clothes or items. Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco’s wife and children are
reportedly still forbidden to enter the house.
to the same information received, Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco was interrogated for about ten hours after his
arrest. During the interrogations, he was allegedly ill-treated, denied access
to a lawyer and threatened that his son would be arrested if he refused to
recognize the alleged theft of 12’000$ from his own business. Fearing for the
safety of his family, Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco reportedly signed a document
confessing to the alleged crime. He was subsequently detained in the basement
of the Tiraspol pre-trial detention
centre (SIZO), in conditions amounting to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. He was kept in
a humid cell, without ventilation or adequate access to sanitation, and water.
During the two first days of his
detention, Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco was also reportedly forced to sign a document
renouncing to his right to legal counsel and stating that he would represent
himself before court. On 31 March 2011, he was allowed to be assisted by a
lawyer, albeit chosen by the authorities and from the Transnistrian region. Mr.
Vitalie Eriomenco’s parents
subsequently hired another lawyer from Moldova,
who was allowed to work on Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco’s case. However, this latter has reportedly suffered several
obstacles, including limited access to Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco in detention
and to documents.
On 1 April 2011, Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco was remanded in custody for 60 days on charge of “theft
of large amount” after he appeared at the Tiraspol court. He was again remanded in custody for 60 days
on 26 June 2011. On 11 May 2011, Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco had reportedly made a written
request to the criminal investigator for a new hearing to denounce that his
confession was obtained under duress. However, the request was dismissed. He was then transferred to Tiraspol prison n° 3.
According to the same information, Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco has been suffering, for many years, from
several chronic diseases, including a stomach ulcer, urinary infections, prostatitis,
neurological and heart problems, which require a regular medical follow-up and
a specific diet. It is reported that his health has worsened since his
detention due to the lack of adequate medical care and poor conditions of
detention (including limited access to sanitation and lack of adequate food,
dark, cold and overcrowded cell). He has reportedly only received the medicines
he was taking before his arrest after being transferred to the prison’s
hospital, on 8 June 2011. Once at the hospital, he was also
reportedly forced to undergo a medical psychiatric and neurological
examination. To date, the results thereof remain unknown, despite that Mr. Vitalie
Eriomenco’s lawyer filed a request to obtain the legal
justification and the results of the examination.
Please write to the de facto authorities of the Region of Transnistria (so-called Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic), the authorities of the Republic of
Moldova and the Russian Federation, and urging them to:
Guarantee, in all
circumstances, the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco and of his family;
Grant Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco unrestricted access to his lawyer and his family, as well as guarantee
that he is promptly examined by independent doctors and receives adequate and
free medical care, in accordance with, inter alia, the UN Standard Minimum
Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners;
Order his immediate
Carry out a prompt,
effective, thorough, independent and impartial investigation into these events,
in particular the allegations of torture and ill-treatment inflicted on Mr. Vitalie Eriomenco, the result of which must be made public, in order to bring those
responsible before a competent, independent and impartial tribunal and apply
penal, civil and/or administrative sanctions as provided by law ;
Ensure that adequate, effective and prompt reparation,
including adequate compensation and rehabilitation, is granted to the victim
De facto Transnistrian authorities:
Smirnov, President of Transnistria, MD-3300, ул. 25 Октября, 45, for on-line petitions: http://president.pmr-gov.org/anketa.
Tiraspol, Republic of Moldova;
L. P., Presidential Administration, MD-3300, nr 45, 25-Oktyabrya str., Tiraspol, Republic of Moldova; tel:(373
533) 6-27-36; tel/fax: (373 533) 9-72-44;
Antyufeev, Ministery of State Security, MD-3300, 42 Manoilova str., Tiraspol, Republic of Moldova; email@example.com; tel/fax: (373 533) 94627
StepanovS., Ministry of Justice, MD-3300,
26 Lenina str., Tiraspol, Republic of Moldova; tel.: (373 533) 8-17-53, 9-20-41; firstname.lastname@example.org
Guretski, Prosecutor of Transnistria,
MD-3300, Tiraspol, 383 Liebknecht
str., Republic of Moldova; tel.: (373 533) 9-51-47,
9-44-84; fax: (373 533) 9-44-92;
Rimari V.S.,Chairman of the Supreme Court,
MD-3300, 29. Iunosti str., Tiraspol, Republic of Moldova; тел./факс: (373-533) 2-50-06, for on-line
Kaminski A.V., Chairman of the Supreme Soviet (Local
Parliament),MD-3300, ул. 25 Октября, 45,., Tiraspol, Republic of Moldova; email@example.com;
Republic of Moldova:
Vlad Filat, Prime Minister of Republic of Moldova, Chisinau, Piaţa Marii Adunări Naţionale 1, Tel. (+373 22) 250 101; for on-line petitions: http://www.gov.md/feedbacktxt.php?l=en&idc=439
Valeriu, General Prosecutor, Republic of Moldova, Chisinau, str. Banulescu
Bodoni26 ; tel/fax.: (+ 373 22) 212 032; email: firstname.lastname@example.org, for on-line petitions: http://www.procuratura.md/md/exp2/
Fedotov, Chairman of the Presidential Human Rights Commission of the Russian
Federation, 103132, Moskva, Staraya pl., d 8/5, pod 3, Fax: +7 (495) 20 64
Vladimir Lukin, Russian Federal Ombudsman
for Human Rights, , Fax: +7 495 207-74-70;
Permanent Mission of the
Russian Federation to the United Nations in Geneva Av. de la Paix 15, CH-1211,
Geneva 20, Switzerland, E-mail: email@example.com
, fax: +41 22 734 40 44;
Please also write to the embassies of the Republic of Moldova and of
the Russian Federation in your
Geneva, 20 October 2011
Kindly inform us of any action undertaken quoting
the code of this appeal in your reply.
 The Transnistrian
region broke away from Moldova, declaring
independence unilaterally in 1990. The self proclaimed Pridnestrovian
Moldavian Republic (PMR) is not recognized by the