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Court allows Blejnar to leave the country

The Bucharest Court of Appeals has decided to lift the interdiction to leave the country that the National Anticorruption Office (DNA) prosecutors had obtained against former ANAF chief Sorin Blejnar in the case in which he, Codrut Marta and Viorel Comanita are accused of supporting a group that evaded taxes of over RON 20 M.At the same time, Blejnar stated yesterday, while leaving the Brasov Court where the first hearing in the “Diesel oil” case was scheduled, that Marian Drilea, the prosecutor handling the case, “Ponta’s copilot,” has a personal problem with him and is abusing his authority, stating that he lodged a complaint against him at the Superior Magistracy Council (CSM). “You all know my notorious conflict with Victor Ponta and you saw that the data are public on relevant websites. You’ll see that since 2007 until 2011 this prosecutor participated, as copilot, in rally championship races. Ponta is trying to gain notoriety,” Blejnar stated. He added that he is innocent and next time he will bring “all the elements” that will prove he had no involvement in this case. “I had no involvement of any kind; I didn’t even appoint a member of the commission that authorized the companies involved. The prosecutor (DIICOT prosecutor Marian Drilea – editor’s note) should have had the good will to call to the stand witnesses from that commission in order to see whether they did their job or not. Of course, they started off from a preconceived idea – Blejnar is guilty – but things will be clarified,” Sorin Blejnar stated.The first hearing in the “Diesel oil” case in which Sorin Blejnar and 16 other defendants are accused by DIICOT Brasov of setting up and supporting an organized crime group, tax evasion and money laundering was scheduled yesterday. The damages are so far estimated at approximately RON 22 M. The magistrates decided to postpone the hearing so that the defendants can fulfill some procedures, scheduling a new hearing for November 6.According to Romania TV, also yesterday, Blejnar paid a visit to the PDL Bucharest headquarters, stating that he will not join any party but he does not rule out running in the elections as an independent candidate.

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