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Verdict in “Post Office” case due on November 20

DNA asked yesterday for executory sentences for former Communications Minister Zsolt Nagy and former Justice Minister Tudor Chiuariu.

The High Court of Justice (ICCJ) magistrates finished judging the “Post Office” case yesterday, a case in which former ministers Zsolt Nagy and Tudor Chiuariu (see photo), as well as the former head of the Romanian Post Office Dan Mihai Toader are indicted, and decided that the verdict will be given on November 20. Yesterday the lawyers presented their final pleadings and the defendants had the chance to make a final statement. Former Justice Minister Tudor Chiuariu did not attend the proceedings. Thus, yesterday the court noted the fact that the forensic investigation ended and asked the defendants’ lawyers and the prosecution to present their final pleadings in the case in which Dan Mihai Toader, former general manager of the National Post Office (CNPR), Andrei Marinescu, former executive manager of CNPR’s Strategic Development Office, Emanoil Lepadatu, former CNPR CEO, former ministers Zsolt Nagy and Tudor Chiuariu, as well as Ioan Folfa are indicted. The National Anticorruption Directorate’s (DNA) prosecutor asked the Supreme Court to issue executory sentences against Nagy, Chiuariu and Dan Mihai Toader. The prosecutor pointed out that in the prosecution’s opinion the evidence filed proves the crimes and calls for executory jail sentences against five of the six defendants. Thus, the prosecutor stated that former Communications Minister Zsolt Nagy and former Justice Minister Tudor Chiuariu, as well as Dan Mihai Toader, Emanoil Lepadatu and Andrei Marinescu should be sentenced to prison for their actions, while Ioan Folfa should be given a prison sentence with the suspension of execution of punishment. The six were sued in December 2010, being charged with malfeasance in office at the expense of public interests, if the public servant obtained for another a patrimonial advantage, and with the intentional lowering of the value of goods belonging to public institutions during a commercial operation that consisted of the sale of a plot of land located on Bucharest’s Victoriei Boulevard. According to DNA, from 2005 to 2007 Post Office representatives contributed, through a series of illegal documents, to the sale of a state-owned building to SC Imopost Developments SA, a sale in which the two members of government were involved too by issuing a law whose purpose was to “clarify” the plot of land’s legal situation and thus to favor the company that bought it. The damages caused to the state through the illegal sale total EUR 8,619,787, representing the plot of land’s market value. The damages were calculated by subtracting from the plot of land’s value the cost of demolishing the building, since the buildings that were on the plot of land were demolished by SC Imopost SA, DNA informs. The prosecutor handling the case admitted in the indictment that the evidence does not show that the two former ministers were aware of the fact that the building was undervalued when used as an addition to the registered capital of SC Imopost Developments SA, indirectly, as an effect of government decision 377/2007, ensuring the benefits that resulted from undervaluing the building on Victoriei Boulevard too.Former Communications Minister Zsolt Nagy’s lawyer pointed out yesterday in court that the “Romanian Post Office” case can be compared to Eugen Ionesco’s “La Cantatrice chauve” theatre play, being “a bad joke” in his opinion. In his pleading he stated that “it is far too easily said that Nagy was permanently aware of the fact that the building was part of the public domain at the time the government decision was drafted.” “It’s completely false. The building was perceived by all as being part of the state’s private property, the property of the Romanian Post Office,” Nagy’s lawyer pointed out.

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