Retired general, probed for illegal deforestation

Retired general Dumitru Iliescu is the target of a criminal probe for illegally felling trees in Mogosoaia forest, ‘Romania libera’ newspaper wrote yesterday. A former director of the state Protection and Guard Service (SPP) and adviser to former president Ion Iliescu, Dumitru Iliescu is being investigated by the Ilfov County Police Inspectorate for illegal deforestation and for building a villa right in the Mogosoaia forest. The retired general’s father, Venicius Iliescu is also a suspect in the same case. The name of Dumitru Iliescu surfaced recently in relation to transcripts in the ‘Voicu’ file, which led to the conclusion that the SPP general is a relative and protector of PSD Senator Catalin Voicu, who is now in preventive arrest on charges of influence peddling, the newspaper reports.

According to the publication, several complaints had been filed against Dumitru Iliescu, but probes were halted and the case was “resuscitated” only after the Ilfov County judiciary was the target of a “cleansing” operation. The operation targeted – among others – the chief-prosecutor of the Buftea Tribunal, Nelu Carpen, and a Police inspector, Viorel Zburatura, who allegedly “protected” the general by hampering the investigations. Carpen himself is probed on corruption charges and is currently on remand.

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