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May 12, 2021
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Pacuraru and Morega, acquitted by high court’s final ruling

Voluntari mayor Florentin Pandele was also acquitted yesterday in the case concerning the building of the Athos residential complex.

Monday was a day of ‘good news’ for politicians accused of corruption.

Ex-Labour Minister Paul Pacuraru (National Liberal Party) and Dan Ilie Morega, member on the Rovinari Energy Complex’s Shareholders’ Gene­ral Assembly (AGA), were acquitted yesterday by the High Court of Cassation and Justice (Supreme Court’s) Criminal Section in the case in which they stood charged with acts of corruption, Mediafax reports. The decision is final.

We remind you in this context that Pacuraru and Morega were deferred to justice by the National Anti-Corruption Direc­torate (DNA) on De­cember 23, 2008, for acts of corruption. According to the prosecutors, in 2007 Morega had promised Pacuraru he would lend assistance to the latter’s son in obtaining public procurement contracts in the field of professional training at the Rovinari and Turceni Energy Complexes and the Oltenia National Coal Company, on condition that the minister appointed chief inspector of the Gorj Territorial Labour Inspectorate a person recommended by Morega. At the time Morega made that promise to Pacuraru, the minister’s son had filed a bid in an auction organized by the Turceni Energy Complex with a view to obtaining a RON 45,500-contract and subsequently filed a bid in an auction organized by the Oltenia National Coal Com­pany, worth RON 68,000.

Voluntari mayor Florentin Pandele was also acquitted yesterday in the case concerning the building of the Athos residential complex. However, in this case the decision is not final and may be appealed against. Anti-corruption prosecutors accused Pandele of incorrectly giving a construction authorization for Athos residential complex.

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