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February 28, 2021
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Dobritoiu, involved in investigation into staff accommodation for Generals

The PNL Senator claims that the DNA investigation in which his name appears reemerges in a “political context” that may have something to do with information on changes at the helm of the Defence Ministry.

According to judiciary sources quoted by Mediafax, PNL Senator Corneliu Dobritoiu (former Defence Minister) has come to the attention of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors in a case in which several army cadres, including generals, are investigated for the way in which staff accommodations were offered. DNA prosecutors have started to prosecute General (ret.) Traian Pigui, suspected of malfeasance in office for the way in which he approved several requests for staff accommodations. Thus, DNA announced that Traian Pigui is investigated for his involvement, as head of the MoD’s Infrastructure Directorate, in the illegal offering of staff accommodations that were bought at a subsidized price by army cadres that held leadership positions.

According to the DNA, the damages caused were estimated at RON 700,000. DNA pointed out that no other details can be offered at this point. According to the aforementioned sources, DNA prosecutors are verifying whether former Defence Minister Corneliu Dobritoiu is among those that received staff accommodation. The sources pointed out that criminal prosecution did not start against Corneliu Dobritoiu. Several army cadres, including generals, will be heard by DNA’s prosecutors, the sources added.

Dobritoiu claims he is innocent

PNL Senator Corneliu Dobritoiu stated on Friday that the DNA investigation in which his name appears reemerges in a “political context” that may have something to do with information on changes at the helm of Defence Ministry, pointing out that he respected all conditions when buying his house. “I strictly respected the procedure of purchasing the staff accommodation, and the verification of the conditions that I had to meet in this sense was the prerogative of other MoD structures with which I had no work connection, no subordination ties. What seems curious to me is that an investigation that started in 2009 from what I understand, and I was not invited to take part in any procedural act, resumes precisely today, probably in a political and media context… considering the fact that my name probably appeared as that of a possible candidate for the Defence portfolio,” Dobritoiu stated.

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