Marian Petrache, after DNA closed his case: Since I am a politician and considering the things that happened to me, I don’t want anybody conclude that the fight against corruption is not necessary, but we also need a law on the magistrates’ liability

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The President of the Ilfov County Council Marian Petrache says, after his case was closed by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), that the fight against corruption must continue, but we also need a law on the magistrates’ liability, the same way in which prosecutors must be supported by a proper legislation in their fight against corruption. Petrache’s case was opened last year; he was accused of receiving the value of several stays at Monte Carlo and Saint Moritz (around RON 57,000) and EUR 10,000 for the PNL County Organization, in 2008, from the former mayor of the Jilava commune, Adrian Mladin, so as not to order to the Ilfov prefect, who was at that time subordinated to him, to issue the order for the interruption of his mayoral mandate.

“Considering the information provided by DNA to the public, I make the following mentions: In Romania, there was and still is corruption, and the fight against corruption must continue. At the same time, I believe that abuses shouldn’t be made against anybody, whether a politician or not. This is why I don’t want to say more, I don’t want my words be interpreted. Since I am a politician and considering the things that happened to me, I don’t want anybody conclude that the fight against corruption is not necessary. But we also need a law on the magistrates’ liability, the same way in which prosecutors must be supported by a proper legislation in their fight against corruption” Marian Petrache reacted on Facebook.

This month, DNA closed the case related to the President of the Ilfov County Council Marian Petrache, motivating that the deeds do not exist.

According to the DNA prosecutors, the President of the Ilfov County Council Marian Petrache received in 2008 from the former mayor of the Jilava commune Adrian Mladin the value of several stays at Monte Carlo and Saint Moritz Moritz (around RON 57,000) and EUR 10,000 for the party, so as not to order to the Ilfov prefect, who was at that time subordinated to him, to issue the order for the interruption of his mayoral mandate.

On February 17, 2017, DNA announced that the criminal proceedings have been started against Marian Petrache, who was a State Secretary at the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administrative Reform and the President of the PNL Ilfov County Organization at the time of the deeds, for bribery and blackmail.

“In 2008, defendant Marian Petrache, in his capacities mentioned above, in exchange of not fulfilling his legal duties, received from the mayor of a commune in the Ilfov County (who is a witness in the case), undue benefits consisting of the value of several stays at Monte Carlo (RON 17,681.84) and Saint Moritz (RON 39,625.67)” prosecutors said.

They also claimed that Adrian Mladin, who was at that time a PNL member, allegedly paid EUR 10,000 to the party, at Marian Petrache’s request, without receiving a receipt. “At the defendant’s request, the witness paid EUR 10,000 to the political organization without receiving any supporting document for that money” the investigators claimed.

Prosecutors mentioned at that time that the bribe was given in order for Petrache not to ask the Ilfov prefect, who was subordinated to him, to issue the order for the interruption Mladin’s mayoral mandate after the mayor changed his domicile from Ilfov to be able to register a vehicle in Bucharest.