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November 23, 2019

CCIB President Sorin Dimitriu, detained by the DNA

The president of the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIB) Sorin Dimitriu, his counselor Gabriela Dumitriu and the general director of the institution, Gabriel Mihut were detained yesterday by DNA prosecutors, under the accusations of forming an organised criminal group, blackmail and misuse of authority.Dimitriu, who is also vice-president of the Romanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIR), is suspect of forming an organised crime group, eight crimes of blackmail in continued form, and three crimes of misuse of authority against personal interests, reads a press release issued by the DNA on Tuesday.In the same case, prosecutors probe Gabriel Dan Mihut, general director of CCIRB, for creating an organised criminal group, eight crimes of blackmail in continued form and three crimes of misuse of authority against personal interests. The third suspect, Gabriela Dumitriu, counselor of the CCIRB president, is accused of forming a criminal organised group, and eight crimes of blackmail in continued form.According to prosecutors, during June 2010 – March 2012, as president of CCIRB, Sorin Dimitriu and other people with leading positions in the institution forced eight employees of CCIRB – under threat of sacking them – to contribute between 30 and 70 pc of their salaries via a so-called “sponsorship contract” which they were blackmailed into signing each month with the institution, for these sums of money.So far, it has been established that the sums withheld without justification exceed RON 300,000 in total. “In the case of three employees that demanded to be paid their full salaries, the management of CCIB took the measure of terminating their work contracts, without invoking a plausible reason,” prosecutors said. The three suspects were presented the accusations and, on April 2, anticorruption prosecutors detained them for 24 hours. Yesterday, prosecutors asked the Bucharest Tribunal to preventively arrest them for 29 days.

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