Other ten generals and colonels from the Ministry are indicted in the same case.
Former Minister of Defense, Corneliu Dobritoiu, currently a Liberal senator, and other ten generals and colonels were sent yesterday to court in the case of purchasing protocol residences at undervalued prices. The case will be tried by the High Court of Cassation and Justice. They are accused of illegally getting protocol residences. The criminal activity was carried out between 1999 and 2005, the prejudice for the budget being of over one million lei.
According to the prosecutors’ indictment, from 1999 until 2005, Traian Pigui, as a Chief of the Land and Infrastructures Directorate of the National Defense Ministry, was involved in allowing, under unlawful conditions, for certain protocol residences (some taken from RAPPS), to be bought at a subsidized price by the people living in them, military personnel from the management of MApN. Pigui wrote illegal memos that led to the distribution of some protocol residences and gave assignment approvals that did not respect the law and which misled the members of the audit committees formed for the sale, in a subsidized regime, of these residences. Therefore several false documents were drawn by the members of those committees, which led to the sale of the mentioned residences to Floarea Serban, Francisc Radici, Constantin Nastase, Sergiu Tudor Medar and Ghorghe Rotaru. They, together with Dobritoiu, later bought the houses at a much lower price.
Corneliu Dobritoiu went on Tuesday to DNA to be given the material for his prosecution, and, when he came out of National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), he said that after seeing some of the evidence against him, he came to the conclusion that he can require to no longer be under criminal investigation. “I made a statement concerning the extension of the criminal proceedings connected to what was said there, namely that starting in 1999, I deliberately helped in someone getting a protocol residence, that was bought at a subsidized price”, Dobritoiu said. The Liberal senator said that he could not have arranged any repartition of a protocol residence, since, at the time, he was in a NATO mission, and all the activities were supervised by the respective commanders. “I was, at the time, working for an international structure, NATO, in an international military staff in charge of coordinating the military operations in the Balkans. The activity was permanent at that moment, as it is normal, and any communication with any person from our country was monitored”, Dobritoiu said.
The former minister said that another prosecutor, not the one who was assigned the case will analyze his request and that until his request is solved he would not go again to study the material connected to his prosecution.