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October 1, 2020

Monica Iacob Ridzi abuse of service trial adjourned

The trial wherein former Democrat-Liberal minister Monica Iacob-Ridzi and 11 more people are charged with defrauding the Ministry of Youth and Sports of over RON 2.7 M, began with an adjournment yesterday, after three of the defendants asked the supreme court to set a new court date in order that they hire a defence lawyer. According to Mediafax, the court agreed with the request and adjourned the trial until Oct 25. After the trial session, Monica Iacob-Ridzi didn’t make any statements on the matter at hand. The former minister was brought to trial by the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors, as she allegedly knew about one of her advisers illegally assigning contracts for the 2009 Youth Day event at Costinesti. Also, prosecutors say Ridzi illegally acquired several electronics equipment, which led to a loss of RON 100,000. In December 2010, the Chamber of Deputies plenum rejected the DNA’s request for an IT search over the Ridzi case, as well as a broadening of the penal probe.

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