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Traian Basescu loses Moldovan citizenship, court’s final decision

Former President Traian Basescu remains without the citizenship of the Republic of Moldova, as the Supreme Court of Justice in Chisinau has rejected his appeal against the previous decision to withdraw the citizenship.

According to Deschide.md, the decision was made four hours after the court had postponed the ruling for November 14.

The reasoning was that the Moldovan Supreme Court of Justice “needs time” to study the case. Within a few hours from the postponement decision, the magistrates decided to reject Traian Băsescu’s appeal and to maintain the Court of Appeals’ previous decision, the source informs.

Basescu spouses were granted the citizenship of the Republic of Moldova in the summer of 2016. The first decree signed by President Igor Dodon, who took over the mandate of president at the end of the same year, was to withdraw Traian Băsescu’s Moldovan citizenship, but not his wife’s.

The former President challenged the court’s decision, demanding in the spring of 2017 the decree be annulled.

The Chişinău Court of Appeals upheld the decision of the Chişinău District Court on May 10, 2018, which supported President Igor Dodon’s decision to withdraw Traian Băsescu’s Moldovan citizenship.

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