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October 20, 2020

Two more High Court judges indicted in corruption case

The former chief of the High Court’s penal department, Anton Pandrea, and Judge Corina Corbu from the department on contentious administrative matters were indicted in a corruption case in which judge Gabriela Barsan is already under investigation, Mediafax said.
Pandrea, a former president of the Superior Council of Magistracy, and Corbu are charged with aiding and abetting an offender. More specifically, Pandrea informed Corbu that the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) had ordered a phone tap for Barsan and another High Court judge, Iuliana Pusoiu, who were already under investigation. Commenting on the case when leaving the DNA yesterday, Corbu said she was informed of the charges levelled against her. The judge explained that she would return to the DNA to file an official statement, in line with procedures.

Barsan and Pusoiu allegedly received jewellery and other undeserved goods in exchange for giving verdicts favourable to a businessman in a contentious administrative case. Barsan and Pusoiu are charged with illegal use of position. A Bucharest lawyer and businessman Gabriel Chiriac are also under investigation. Legal sources said last year that Barsan received presents consisting of trips abroad and the use of a Paris apartment by the judge’s son. The bribes were offered by the Bucharest lawyer who was representing Chiriac, the sources added.

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