Democrat-Liberal Deputy Dan Pasat was brought to trial by National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors for blackmail and threats against officials of SC AGRO CLAS SRL. The first court date was set for June 20. All of Pasat’s assets are restrained. According to Realitatea TV, the damage is put at EUR 1.8 M.
Anti-Corruption prosecutors say Pasat was taken to trial on three counts of blackmail and financial operations incompatible with his position (seven commercial items). Also on trial in connection with the case, Constantin Marin, a friend of Pasat, on two counts of blackmail, and Vasile Preda, mayor of the Varasti commune, Giurgiu County, who was charged with false testimony. The indictment showed that, during Oct. – Nov. 2009, Pasat, with Constantin Marin’s assistance, verbally and physically threatened the company officials several times and, on Oct. 29, 2009, engaged in violent acts against the damaged parties or members of their families to force them into signing a full cession contract over adduction works in the Varasti commune.
Despite being considered a violent person, Pasat will nonetheless be tried while free, as Parliament rejected DNA’s request for legislative body’s go-ahead towards the deputy being held under preventive arrest. However, during the investigations, prosecutors suspended the Democrat-Liberal deputy’s gun permit and seized his four weapons until the trial comes to its conclusion. In mid February, Pasat suspended himself from the Democrat Liberal Party (PDL), yet, he said he would not step down from Parliament as he considers himself innocent.