Dan Radu Rusanu released from police remand

After he was detained by DNA prosecutors late Tuesday for favouring defendants in the ‘Carpatica’ case, Dan Radu Rusanu, president of the Financial Supervisory Commission (ASF), was released Wednesday from police headquarters, following the Bucharest Court of Law’s decision to reject the remand in custody request filed by prosecutors, according to Mediafax.
Last week, National Anticorruption Directorate prosecutors initiated criminal proceedings on Rusanu in the ‘Carpatica’ case on charges of constituting an organized criminal group and complicity to abuse of office, under suspicion of drafting and approving the Emergency Government Ordinance on ASF and agreeing to “the fraudulent protection” of SC Carpatica’s interests.
“The ordinance on extending the scope of the criminal investigation shows there is reasonable data and evidence, according to which Rusanu Radu Dan, in order to perpetuate favouring SC Carpatica Asig SA and appoint certain individuals in the ASF Board, took action aimed at persuading the Romanian Government to adopt an emergency ordinance that offered his personal and group interests a regulatory and mandatory character,” a DNA press release cited by Mediafax noted.
Furthermore, at the government session from October 16, 2013, Rusanu allegedly managed to regulate a provision which enabled the president of ASF, exclusively, to make the decision to initiate or not initiate unannounced inspections at insurance companies, thus “limiting the responsibilities of the vice-presidents of supervisory sectors, who were supposedly qualified to decide the necessity of instituting such inspections,” prosecutors showed further.
According to the indictment papers, there is reasonable evidence that proves Daniel Chitoiu (both he and Rusanu are members of the Liberal National Party) initiated the adoption of an emergency ordinance in October 2013, “the sole aim of which was to support the criminal group constituted to favor the interests of SC Carpatica Asig SA, without underlying real cause for emergency and by eluding the procedure previously regulated through Government Decision no.561/2009.”
Businessman Ilie Carabulea, owner of Carpatica group, and Marian Mirzac, former General Manager of Carpatica Asig in Sibiu, both involved in the ‘Carpatica’ case, have been accused of delaying and influencing the results of several audits commissioned by ASF on the insurance company between May and December 2013. In the same case, Laura Chitoiu, wife of former Finance Minister Daniel Chitoiu, is under criminal investigation for abuse against public interests during her term as Director of the Approvals Department of the Insurance Supervisory Commission. After the announcement was made, Laura Chitoiu resigned voluntarily from the position of Director of the Approvals Department of ASF.
Radu Mustea, member of the Board of Directors of Carpatica Asig and president of the Car Insurers’ Bureau of Romania, and Ovidiu Ioan Cezar Giurgea, clerk at ASF, are also under criminal investigation in connection with the same case.
Ilie Carabulea and Marian Mirzac were remanded in custody by the Bucharest Court of Law on January 29. The court has prohibited Radu Mustatea to leave the country for 30 days.
On February 12, Marian Mirzac resigned as non-executive member of the Board of the Insurance Supervisory Commission.
DNA prosecutors have asked the Parliament and Government to provide them with more documents in the ‘Carpatica’ case, regarding the EGD allegedly drafted to protect the interests of Carpatica insurance company.

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