The prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) have indicted Veronica Cirstoiu, judge at the Bucharest Court of Appeals, Criminal Division I (she is currently suspended from office), her son Florin Cergan and Dinel Staicu, all three being remanded in custody, DNA announced in a press release on Wednesday. Veronica Cirstoiu is charged with bribe-taking, influence peddling, incitement to money laundering, fraud on an ongoing basis, forgery in deeds by private signature.
According to prosecutors, Veronica Cirstoiu, as a judge at the Court of Appeals – Criminal Division I, received EUR 630,000 from Dinel Staicu in February 2013 to deliver a favorable solution in the case he had been sentenced to 7 years in prison (the fraud of the International Religion Bank). “On February 22, 2012, the judicial panel Cirstoiu Veronica was a member of, issued a ruling removing the final sentence of 7 years imprisonment of imposed on defendant Dinel Staicu in the International Religion Bank fraud case,” reads the indictment.
DNA said that according to the Code of Criminal Procedure, during this stage of the criminal process, the criminal investigation should be wrapped up and the indictment should be sent to court for trial, a situation which can not infringe the presumption of innocence principle in any way. “