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August 12, 2022

Stroe and Mocuta, questioned as witnesses in football transfers case

Liberal politician Radu Stroe, a former member of the Parliamentary Committee for the SRI, and Gheorghe Mocuta, former state secretary in the Justice Ministry were questioned Wednesday, as witnesses, in a file concerning transfers of football players to clubs abroad, which already led to the detention of several club owners, Mediafax announces. Stroe told investigators that he personally knows none of the suspects in this file and, in his position of Board member of the Dinamo football club, his only obligation was to take part in the Board meetings and sign the record of the proceedings. Referring to transfers, the Liberal said that the Football section of Dinamo was only in charge with the paperwork and the Board of the club approved the transfers in principles.

In his turn, Gheorghe Mocuta told the court that he was appointed as member of the Dinamo Board of Administrators by Toma Zaharia, when he was state secretary of the Ministry of Interior, when the club operated as a non-profit organisation. Mocuta said that he never heard about the club keeping two sets of accounting books and knows nothing about club officials receiving illegal payments for transfers. As he is a prosecutor himself, Mocuta would have “acted appropriately” if he learned about wrongdoing in the financial management of the club. Also Wednesday, the court questioned in the same case football players Denis Serban and Catalin Munteanu, who said they received the complete sums provided by their transfer contracts.

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