Agriculture minister in Moldova detained in land scam caseStaff Writer | March 16, 2017
Moldovan prosecutors have detained the country's agricultural minister on suspicion that he took part in a scheme to illegally expropriate state-owned vineyards and buildings.
Scheme State-owned vineyards and buildings
Grama is one of more than a dozen people suspected of illegally leasing 30 hectares (74 acres) of land and buildings owned by the National College of Viticulture and Winemaking in a village north of Chisinau.
Deputy Agriculture Minister Iurie Usurelu says he didn't suspect Grama of wrongdoing.
In November, the anti-corruption agency arrested 12 people in the case, including lawyers, state officials and businessmen.
Prosecutors say suspects illegally changed ownership documents to make the land more expensive and bribed state officials. ■