After the hearings, Videanu said “he now knows he has all the evidence and explanations” needed
to prove he is innocent on the charges brought against him.
DIICOT (the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism) have initiated criminal proceedings on the former Minister of Economy Adriean Videanu (PDL) for plotting and undermining the national economy, based on allegations that he favoured the interests of SC Interagro SA company owned by businessman Ioan Niculae. “(…) On September 9, 2013, in accordance with the provisions under Art 167, paragraph 1 of the Criminal Code and Art 165, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Criminal Code, DIICOT prosecutors initiated criminal proceedings on Videanu Adriean for committing the infractions of plotting and undermining the national economy during his term as Minister of Economy,” a DIICOT press release cited by Mediafax reports. It soon followed that yesterday Videanu went before DIICOT to be questioned in relation to this case. Before entering DIICOT headquarters, the former Minister of Economy stated he would provide investigators with all the documents that could prove his innocence. Videanu also appreciated the speed with which investigators have examined the documents and conducted the proceedings in this case.
After the hearings that lasted about an hour, Adriean Videanu said he “now knows he has all the evidence and explanations” needed to prove he is innocent on the charges brought against him. Asked why he has been prosecuted at all, since he claims he is innocent, Videanu answered this is what happens when investigators receive one-sided information. The Liberal Democrat added he would return at DIICOT to submit a brief contesting the prosecutors’ charges.
We remind our readers that, on September 8 President Traian Basescu submitted the requests for initiating criminal proceedings on Adriean Videanu and Ovidiu Silaghi (former Minister of Transport, under investigation for influence peddling) to Minister of Justice Robert Cazanciuc. Silaghi met with DNA (the National Anticorruption Directorate) prosecutors yesterday. As he was exiting the DNA headquarters, Silaghi stated he had come before the DNA prosecutors because he wished to clarify the matter and “be done with the affair as soon as possible”. Asked if prosecutors maintain their charges against him because he allegedly received EUR 200,000 from Nelu Iordache in exchange for influencing decision-making persons within CNADNR (Romanian National Company of Motorways and National Roads) in connection with a contract with the businessman’s company, the former Minister of Transport said the charge was unfounded, since it is illogical to receive money in exchange for terminating an already terminated agreement. Asked if he talked to the prosecutors about possibly being granted immunity, Silaghi replied: “I am a MEP since September 5; however, I stand here before you, giving statements”.
According to DNA informed yesterday that Ovidiu Silaghi would be under criminal investigation for influence peddling.