The two were to be presented yesterday to the Supreme Court with the proposal to be remanded for 29 days. 25 other suspects were apprehended.
Prosecutor Angela Eugenia Nicolae, from the Supreme Court, and her son Daniel Nicolae were detained Monday evening in relation to tax evasion case with damages of EUR 50 M, which also has PSD senator Niculae Badalau as suspect. The two are accused of influence peddling and, respectively, complicity to this crime, Mediafax reports.
According to investigators, during 2012-2013, Daniel Nicolae, with the accord, support and involvement of his mother, repeatedly demanded and received various sums of money from two defendants probed in the evasion case, making them believe that, in her position of chief prosecutor with the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ), Angela Nicolae can influence a favourable outcome of the criminal probes in which they were investigated for tax evasion crimes. Sources with the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) informed that, during the respective time interval, the prosecutor repeatedly demanded and received, directly and via her son, at various moments, sums amounting from RON 2,000 to RON 5,000. “A similar mode of operating was also used by defendant Nicolae Eugenia Angela in the relations with another person, administrator and associate in several agricultural companies. Thus, on 28 May 2013, the respective person resorted to Nicolae Eugenia Angela, who promised to intervene with a first prosecutor of a Tribunal, in order to facilitate a favourable solution for a friend in a criminal case in which he was probed for driving under the influence of alcohol and personal injury,” the anticorruption prosecutors say.
After the decision to detain the two was issued, the Section for prosecutors of the Superior Council of Magistracy (CSM) suspended Angela Nicolae from the position of magistrate. The suspension request was presented to the Section for prosecutors of the CSM by the DNA – the Section for Combatting Crimes Related to Crimes of Corruption.
In the same case, DNA prosecutors detained 25 other persons, whom they will ask the supreme court to place on remand for 29 days. According to DNA officials, five others were prohibited to leave the country and two more were slated for questioning.
Giurgiu prefect: Senator Badalau approached me
On the other hand, the prefect of Giurgiu County, Nina Carmen Crisu admitted that PSD senator Niculae Badalau, accused by the DNA of influence peddling, used to call and ask her to grant audiences to various people, outside the normal hours of audiences. “I can tell you certainly that he never asked me to do anything illegal. Yes, he asked me to receive some people, this is true. But he never told me <
The DNA accuses Niculae Badalau of having intervened at the top management of the Agency for Payments and Intervention in Agriculture (APIA) Giurgiu in favour of a company that actually received from the agency a sum of RON 2,77,000, “which was used by the company in the evasion circuit, not to the purpose for which the money had been allocated.” According to sources with APIA, Badalau also went to the APIA head offices of Bucharest, where he asked the general director of the Agency to speed up the nomination of a director at APIA Giurgiu.