The former democrat-liberal minister is prosecuted for plot and undermining of the national economy, together with acting minister Varujan Vosganian (PNL).
The Directorate for the Investigation of Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) announced Monday that it froze assets belonging to Adriean Videanu, consisting in five buildings, shares and bank accounts. “Through Ordinances issued on 24 and 26 September 2013, a sequester has been instated up to the concurrence of the sum of RON 277,000,000 upon the following assets belonging to defendant Videanu Adriean: a building located in Snagov, Ilfov County, three apartments situated in Bucharest, an apartment in Mamaia, Constanta County,” DIICOT informs, quoted by Mediafax. Prosecutors also ordered the freezing of all sums held in accounts opened by Videanu in two banks and of the money he should receive as dividends from two companies. The frozen assets also include 66,906 shares owned by the former minister in three companies.
Adriean Videanu went Monday to DIICOT, where he was informed about the asset freezing measure, in the case that has him accused of plot and undermining of the national economy. Upon leaving the DIICOT offices, Videanu said that he will provide all the information for the probe, so he can prove his innocence. He will also ascertain whether this probe damages his prestige, he added. Asked about the frozen assets, Videanu explained that they are all included in his wealth statement, as he has no other accounts or properties abroad, apart from those he publicly declared.
On September 2, the chief- prosecutor of the High Court asked the Senate and President Traian Basescu to allow the beginning of the criminal investigation against Varujan Vosganian and Adriean Videanu, under the accusations of plot and undermining the national economy. DIICOT announced that the probe against Adriean Videanu started on September 9, for plot and undermining of the national economy. The file in which DIICOT sought approval for launching an investigation against Videanu and Vosganian is disjointed from another file in which, in December 2011, prosecutors began a criminal probe against 40 people with high management positions in Romgaz, the Ministry of Economy and the National Regulatory Agency of Energy, for plot and undermining of the national economy.
According to prosecutors, during their mandates as ministers of Economy, Varujan Vosganian (the mandate December 2006 – December 2008) and Adriean Videanu (December 2008 – September 2010) approved and supported in the government several documents meant to support the financial interests of businessman Ioan Niculae and used the national unit of strategic interest SNGN Romgaz for the private interest of SC Interagro SA, causing a loss of approximately USD 130 M. DIICOT prosecutors also say that SNGN Romgaz SA delivered to Interagro natural gas from its own production worth approximately RON 1.5 bln, respectively approximately USD 500 M, of which RON 270 M, respectively USD 92 M, represent “the value of illegally granted commercial discount.” According to prosecutors, during that interval Interagro had debts equivalent to some 70 pc of the annual budget of the national company.