DNA prosecutors suspect Romeo Stavarache of receiving over RON 2.3 M as bribe from four businesspeople.
Bacau’s Mayor Romeo Stavarache was detained on Thursday for 24 hours by National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors, being accused of committing five bribe taking misdeeds, after demanding money from businessmen in order to award them contracts with public money, Agerpres informs. In the same case, also detained were foramer footballer Liviu Goian, owner of a local television station, and Liviu Vasile Cenusa, Stavarache’s cousin. They were accused of being accomplices to bribe taking. The three were to appear on Thursday before the Bacau Court of Appeals with the preventive arrest proposal.
According to a DNA release, from 2008 to 2011, Romeo Stavarache, directly or through the other two defendants, claimed and received several amounts of money from four businesspeople. Investigated in this case are also other individuals. Prosecutors have received, in this case, relevant support from the Romanian Intelligence Service and the Bacau General Anticorruption Department within the Ministry of the Interior.
Stavarache was sued in April by anticorruption prosecutors for attempted abuse of office in connection with distributing a house to one of his subordinates. Gheorghe Muntianu, then chief of the Housing Stock Administration and Owners’ Associations Service within Bacau Town Hall, and Gavril Pircu, then executive director of the Heritage Department within Bacau Town Hall and currently chief of the Heritage Service, were also sued in the case. According to DNA prosecutors, the mayor of Bacau approved the conclusion of a house purchase contract after a request was filed by Muntianu through a hearing, even though the latter’s request had not been checked by the specialized divisions of Bacau Town Hall and no proofs of his capacity as tenant or his compliance with obligations in this capacity had been attached to the request. The mayor denied the charges, arguing that the deed of which he was accused “never existed” and “the prosecutors made a mistake.”