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April 20, 2021

Presidential aide heard in Constanta Port corruption case

A state adviser with the Presidential Administration’s National Security Department, Adrian Daniel Moldoveanu, was heard by anticorruption prosecutors as a witness in the Constanta Port corruption case, Mediafax reported. Moldoveanu, who served as best man at National Tax Administration Agency (ANAF) chief Sorin Blejnar’s wedding, was called for questioning because his name appeared several times in conversations between Senator Mircea Banias and Eugen Bogatu, former head of the Constanta Port Domain Department, two of the main suspects in the case.

Moldoveanu reportedly told prosecutors that he has known Bogatu for a long time, since they went to the same school, but underlined that he has not seen the man in almost seven years. As for Banias, Moldoveanu said he was asked to meet with the senator, but the meeting never took place, legal sources said.

More than 20 people are probed in the case, which refers to illicit activities in the Constanta Port conducted by an organised criminal group, which brought significant losses to the state budget by allowing illegal shipments of merchandise into the country. Bogatu is believed to have headed the operation. Banias, a senator of the Democrat Liberal Party, is banned from leaving the country pending inquiries.

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