Tourism Minister is named in Democrat-Liberal MP Dan Pasat’s file.
According to the DNA report quoted by Realitatea TV, Dan Pasat was trying to use his position in the Democrat Liberal Party to build an amusement park on his own plot of land, using European funds.
Prosecutors attached to the report that accompanied their proposal to have Pasat arrested a discussion that the Democrat-Liberal MP had with a friend in January 2010. The discussion reveals that the two planned to persuade Elena Udrea to approve the construction of an amusement park with European funds on their plot of land in Ogrezeni, Giurgiu County. In the intercepted discussions Pasat was telling his friend that he has ties with Udrea: “We are getting along well, do you understand? I made some gestures towards her around here and she liked it.”
In reply, the Regional Development and Tourism Minister stated that she “did not approve the construction of an amusement park in Ogrezeni or in any other Giurgiu County locality, neither with European funds nor with government funds.”
“Such a project never reached the Ministry. (…) That is why we consider that any mention of the Ministry’s or of Minister Elena Udrea’s possible involvement in this case are groundless,” a Ministry communiqué reads.
Minister Elena Udrea yesterday denied involvement in this file, writing on her blog that she cannot be held accountable for the fact that anyone can use her name in various conversations. “What do I have to do with what others are talking about me on the phone? Do I have to know what they’re saying about me, or is there any logic in holding me accountable for their statements? (…) I often hear false things, outright serious or hilarious things, said about me or in my name,” Udrea wrote.
Anti-corruption prosecutors accuse MP Pasat of blackmailing businessman Adrian Marian Ionel, asking him to give him the money from a public works project that he had won in Giurgiu. According to the intercepted phone conversations that Pasat had with Ionel, the MP was reproaching his former business partner for not paying the debt he owed him because he had allegedly used the money to build villas in Snagov.
PDL Vice-President, Raluca Turcan urged the party to make a decision regarding Pasat, to give a clear sign that it goes back on the practices typical to PSD. “Pasat’s resignation from the party is necessary (…),” said yesterday Turcan on her blog, in a post entitled ‘Either PDL solves Pasat case, or Pasat solves PDL.’