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CJ Arges chairman brought to trial

Constantin Nicolescu, chairman of the Arges County Council, was sent to trial by anti-corruption prosecutors, who charge him with uttering aimed at obtaining nearly EUR 900,000. He is also charged with misappropriation of EU funds, taking bribe, instigation to abuse of office against public interest with the purpose of favouring a private individual. Among the others put on trial over this case, Cornel Penescu, a majority shareholder in SC PIC SA Pitesti, Gheorghe Nicut, a former mayor of Curtea de Arges, Calin Ioan Andrei, mayor of the municipality of Campulung, Florian Despan, executive director at the Department for European Integration and Regional Development  of the Arges County Council, and the mayors of two communes in Arges County.

Investigators established that the Arges County Council had accessed EUR 900,000 under a non-redeemable financing programme on the rehabilitation or rebuilding of four schools in Arges County, municipalities of Campulung and Curtea de Arges, and the commune of Budeasa respectively, on account of being damaged by flooding during April-August 2005.

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