“Local barons” face Justice

The president of the Arges County Council, Constantin Nicolescu, lost the lawsuit with the National Integrity Agency (ANI), after the Supreme Court irrevocably admitted Tuesday the appeal against the cancellation of the report that finds a conflict of interests in his case, according to Mediafax. In the Nicolescu case, ANI established the existence of a conflict of interests as he signed or approved 14 contracts (13 contracts worth RON 1,139,71.84 lei, VAT included, and an additional contract for extending the period) concluded by CJ Arges or public institutions or services under its authority with SC Autopro Mond SA, respectively SC Mac Auto SA (companies in which Nicolescu is majority shareholder, in a percentage of 92.194 pc and, respectively, 63.08 pc). ANI also announced that Autopro Mond and Mac Auto, as well as SC Dinik Mar Arg SRL (in which Viorica Nicolescu is majority shareholder) signed 12 contracts (9 contracts worth RON 303,262.12, VAT included) with public services and institutions under the coordination or authority of the Arges County Council. Worth mentioning, in November 2013 the Bucharest Court of Appeals sentenced Nicolescu to 3 years and 4 months of prison without parole, in a file regarding the contracting of Phare funds worth EUR 900,000 for 4 schools, with forged papers, but the decision is not definitive.
In a separate move, the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) investigates a criminal case that refers to suspicions of corruption crimes at the municipality of Piatra Neamt, involving the PDL mayor of the town Gheorghe Stefan (a.k.a. Pinalti), evz.ro informs. Prosecutors also conduct probes at the head offices of the football club of Piatra Neamt, regarding several advertising and publicity contracts.
The president of the Prahova County Council, Mircea Cosma, detained Tuesday evening by DNA prosecutors for influence peddling, accused heart problems and was taken to the Ploiesti Emergency Hospital under Police escort, Mediafax reports. “We was taken to the emergency ward, where he underwent a control and the doctor considered that he must be admitted to hospital,” the spokesperson of the hospital, Andrei Ilinca said.
Cosma will be guarded by police for the entire period of hospitalisation, as he is in custody of the Prahova County Police Inspectorate and should have been sent to the arrest of IPJ Prahova, in the town of Campina.
In the same file, DNA launched a criminal probe for influence peddling against his son, the PSD deputy Vlad Cosma, and the general prosecutor of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ) Tiberiu Nitu sent Tuesday to the minister of Justice the DNA report about Deputy Vlad Cosma, in order to request approval for remanding him. Vlad and Mircea Cosma are accused by DNA of having asked and received over RON 4.4 M as bribe from representatives of companies, who denunciated them.
On the other hand, DNA started investigations regarding 6 projects with European funding administrated by Iasi mayoralty for upgrading the city infrastructure, Mayor Gheorghe Nichita stated on Wednesday according to Mediafax. The projects value is up to Euro 60 M.

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