The investigation focuses on possible corruption deeds over the preferential awarding of contracts.
Prosecutors with the National Anticorruption Department (DNA) conducted on Wednesday morning searches at the head offices of some companies, public institutions and the homes of some people in Cluj-Napoca, in a total of 11 locations, under an investigation sparked by the suspicion of corruption deeds committed from 2013 to 2014 by senior local officials, Agerpres informs.
Among those investigated are the Cluj County Council President Horia Uioreanu (PNL), businessman Ioan Bene, Uioreanu’s ex-wife, Elena Uioreanu, and the head of PNL Cluj-Napoca, Ioan Petran.
The latter is county councilor and professor at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca.
Prosecutors have sealed off the office of Uioreanu, who has been heard for more than two hours, but sources with the Cluj County Council say that there is no information whether he was arrested or not. According to the said sources, in addition to the president’s office, also sealed off were two other offices, that of the chief architect and that of the head of Investments Department. Searches at Horia Uioreanu’s home were also conducted.
Investigators have raised documents from Cluj County Council’s offices. On the same time, Uioreanu’s offices and other directors of the institution were sealed.
The DNA prosecutors’ investigation also refers to Ioan Bene, the owner of ‘Napoca Construction,’ who had contracts with the Cluj County Council for building the Cluj-Napoca International Airport. According to the cited sources, prosecutors are investigating the awarding of the contract on construction works at the airport in Cluj. The tender for the airport’s runway was won by Bene Ioan’s company.
Head of Development and Investment Directorate within Cluj County Council Mariana Ratiu is also under investigation in the same case. She was brought to the institution offices by two investigators who performed searches at her home. The investigation is about possible corruption deeds the preferential awarding of contracts
Legal sources told Mediafax that the case focuses on budget financing to private companies close to Horea Uioreanu which allegedly provided contracts with public funding to companies owned by people close to him, as he later received part of the money. The prosecutors have received relevant support from the Romanian Intelligence Service.
Searches conducted at Bucharest mayoralty
The anti-corruption prosecutors conducted searches at several addresses in Bucharest, among which the mayoralty of Bucharest, in a case targeting alleged corruption deeds. Legal sources claim that this case targets Madalin Dumitru, director of Infrastructure Directorate with Bucharest mayoralty along with his wife. Madalin Dumitru is suspected of giving contracts to some companies on preferential grounds, for various works, said quoted sources.