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In all, 15 current and former MPs are investigated.
Mate Andras Levente, leader of the deputies with the Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania (UDMR) is criminally investigated for conflict of interests, as he hired his wife for his parliamentary office, the original ruling opposing criminal proceedings being opened against him being refuted by the first-deputy prosecutor at the Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ). This means prosecutors at the Prosecutor’s Office of the ICCJ began criminal proceedings against Deputy Mate Andras Levente for conflict of interests, according to yesterday’s Public Ministry’s press release.According to the criminal investigation resolution, on March 16, 2010, at Mate Andras Levente’s proposal, his wife was hired by the Chamber of Deputies under an individual employment contract beginning March 16, 2010 thru the conclusion of his term in office. The contract was authorized by Mate Andras Levente himself. Under the employment contract, the wife of Deputy Mate Andras Levente earned during March 2010 – January 20111a total of RON 5,508.An ordinance signed by the first-deputy prosecutor at the Prosecutor’s Office of the ICCJ refuted the non-opening of criminal proceedings into this case, the quoted source said. In Sept 2011, The National Integrity Agency called on the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court to look into a likely conflict of interests with respect to UDMR Deputy Mate Andras Levente over his hiring his wife for his parliamentary constituency office.Law 161/2003 defines conflict of interests as the “situation wherein a person who serves in a public office has a personal interest which might interfere with the unbiased performance of their duties according to the Constitution and other normative documents”.According to the Penal Code provisions, the conflict of interests consists in the performance while exercising employee duties, of an action or participation in the reaching of a decision which resulted, directly or indirectly, to material gains for the person concerned, their spouse, a relative or up to the second degree of kinship inclusively. Mate Andras Levente appeared before prosecutors at the Prosecutor General Office General, bringing with him documents and pointing out there was nothing new about the case, as no penal action was set in motion. Daniel Morar, interim prosecutor general, refuted the non-opening of criminal investigations against 15 former and current parliamentarians over conflict of interests, judicial sources told “Romania Libera” daily newspaper yesterday. The 15 will therefore be criminally investigated on the said charges. Among them, Democratic Union of Hungarians in Romania Deputy (UDMR) Mate Andras-Levente, who confirmed the information to the Cluj press. The current and former MPs are charged with hiring their relatives for their parliamentary offices, which is against the law. Some of the 15 have been announced they are out under criminal investigation, others, not, which is why the Prosecutor’s Office will only officially confirm the information for those already in the know, as stipulated by law.