What is the stake of Ghita-Negoita conflict?


It is known that Mayor of Bucharest District 3 Robert Negoita (PSD) submitted to the Prosecutor’s Office of the High Court a criminal complaint against his fellow party member, Deputy Sebastian Ghita, owner of Romania TV channel, accusing him of making death threats by phone.
The interesting thing is that the people involved in the scandal avoided explanations regarding the reason itself, which Negoita dates a week ago and Ghita ten days ago. According to sources within PSD quoted by Romania Libera, it is a fight for influence upon PM Victor Ponta. The mayor of District 3 is upset, same as many PSD members, that Sebastian Ghita has a word in the PM’s decisions.
On the other hand, during the past week (the period set by Negoita as the moment the scandal broke out), the TV show owned by Sebastian Ghita broadcast many materials in which Robert Negoita was attacked. One of the topics was the concession of parks in District 3. Negoita is accused of acting illegally: he allegedly is the author of a contract which is bad for the Mayoralty of District 3 and that he did not organized a bid. The scandal broke out after the mayoralty led by Robert Negoita ceded to Cris Garden company the four parks in the district Titan, A.I.Cuza, Titanii and Gheorghe Petrascu. The contract is signed over 8 years. According to the document, the company gets EUR 50 million from the mayoralty for the maintenance and design of the parks.
Vice-PM Liviu Dragnea, PSD executive chairman, said he will talk with the two involved in the scandal to see what was behind the criminal complaint. “It is not about an executive chairman, is about a discussion among people, we do not parade our ranks on our shoulders. I am friend with both of them and I want to see what is behind this reaction. I hope there is nothing serious, I hope,” said PSD leader. We remind that in 2011 Sebastian Ghita denounced former Realitatea TV channel Sorin Ovidiu Vantu for having made death threats against him, based on audio recordings he made himself. Following the trial, Vantu was charged and definitively sentenced to a year in prison for blackmail.

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