Chisinau, 12 July /MOLDPRES/ - The Constitutional Court today declared as unlawful the presidential decree on the commemoration of Day of Soviet Occupation on 28 June. Acting President Mihai Ghimpu participated in the court's meeting but not until the decision was passed. He told journalists that he had been invited to the unveiling of a monument to victims of the Communism.
After several hours of debates, the court's chairman, Dumitru Pulbere, said that this decree "was an attempt to make a legal assessment of political and historical events".
Deputy Justice Minister Oleg Efrim said after the meeting that the decision cannot be appealed against. "It is mandatory and will be observed," Efrim said.
The jurist of the Party of Communists said that "the Constitutional Court's decision is logical and predictable. The court proved that the current president issues decree in political and electoral interests. This will be a lesson for the future heads of state so that they act in line with Moldova's constitution only."
On the other hand, Mihai Ghimpu told the court's meeting that Sergiu Sirbu, who is the author of the inquiry, "is trying to politicize the decree". "The decree comes to condemn the Soviet occupation during which hundreds of thousands of people were deported or executed," Ghimpu said.