The National Anti-Corruption Office (DNA) prosecutors picked up on Thursday morning several documents from the Romanian Football Federation’s (FRF) headquarters, documents that will be used in the case against former Central Commission of Referees President Vasile Avram who was arrested for bribe-taking, Mediafax informs. The action took place only a day after FRF President Mircea Sandu was heard as a witness.
On Thursday the press talked about the fact that the DNA prosecutors allegedly searched Sandu’s home, but Mircea Sandu vehemently denied the allegations in a press communiqué.
“DNA has asked for a series of documents related to the setting up of the SC Mogosoaia Football Centre SRL company, service contracts as well as possible lease contracts and the like. In the spirit of good and operative institutional communication, Mr. Mircea Sandu invited the representatives of these institutions, placing at their disposal the documents that may be useful in clearing up some juridical aspects in DNA’s preliminary investigation,” the FRF communiqué reads.
“We’re talking about handing over some documents, not about a search,” Cristian Ene, Mircea Sandu’s lawyer, stated for Mediafax.
During the hearings that took place on Wednesday, Mircea Sandu corrected a statement that Vasile Avram had made. During his hearing, Vasile Avram had claimed that he was consulting Mircea Sandu when it came to delegating referees. Sandu pointed out that that happened only once, just before the Romanian Cup final when Avram told him who the delegated referees were.
The DNA heard referee Sebastian Coltescu on Thursday, in the same case.