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166 involved in riots detained in Moldova

MOLDOVAN police has detained 166people involved in the violent actions earlier this week, the list of them may be found at the Chisinau general police commissariat or on the webpage of the Interior Ministry, the ministry announced yesterday in a communique.

According to the ministry's spokesman Ala Maleca, 86 people were arrested of all the detained persons. There are other 88 people under home arrest, and 33 more persons obliged not to leave the country during the carrying out of the inquiry.

The involvement of 19 minors in vandalization actions was established, said Ala Maleca, stressing that they were accommodated at the placement centre for minors and subsequently delivered into their parents' care.

The press officer specified that the relatives of all the detained people were informed about it by the police, including through lawyers.

Ala Maleca said that the judicial authority will continue the investigation measures, so as to call to account all the people involved in the destabilizing actions of this week.

Violent protests broke out after the central election commission announced Monday that the ruling Communist party won a landslide victory in the April 5 parliamentary elections. The opposition claimed the vote was rigged and protesters stormed the parliament and the presidential building Tuesday.


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