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January 25, 2022

Leader of PDL MPs heard by DNA

The National Anti-Corruption Office (DNA) heard Mircea Toader, leader of Democrat-Liberal MPs within the Lower Chamber, on Thursday morning as witness in the case concerning illegal activities within the Constanta Harbor. Toader stated that he never lobbied for Laurentiu Mironescu, former secretary general within the Ministry of Administration and Internal Affairs, and that there was no need for him to back someone’s bid to meet Minister Anca Boagiu since the latter often meets persons that have relevant demands. Toader also stated that he was subpoenaed after Mironescu’s lawyers asked for him to be heard. Toader explained that his name was mentioned by Aurelian Pilca and Mironescu on the phone, and thus it appears in the phone taps included in the file, because at one point he met and talked with the latter about several important draft laws such as the ship flag law. At the same time, asked whether Mironescu ever asked for his support in order to end up leading the Constanta Harbor once again, Toader pointed out that he was never asked that and he would lack any prerogatives in that regard anyway.  Catalin Dancu and Bogdan Cimbru, Laurentiu Mironescu’s lawyers, seemed extremely surprised that Toader was heard on Thursday since their request to have him heard as a witness had previously been rejected. From their point of view, Lucian Papici, the prosecutor that is in charge of the section and that called the MP in for hearings in the absence of defence lawyers, acted “abusively, illegally and unprofessionally, in a form that exceeds any attitude toward the law and the respect for the presumption of innocence.”

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