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October 21, 2020
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Mehedinti group remain under arrest

Chairman of Mehedinti County Council Adrian Duicu, chief of Mehedinti Police County Inspectorate (IPJ) Stefan Ponea and businessman Constantin Popescu, chairman of PSD Orsova, accused of corruption, are still under arrest, ruled the Supreme Court on Wednesday, as the court rejected the complaints regarding the preventive measure. The ruling of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) is final.
The three persons were arrested preventively on April 4 through a rule by Bucharest Court of Appeal, following the proposal made by the prosecutors of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA).
DNA prosecutors started the criminal investigation in the case of Adrian Duicu for seven felonies, among which influence peddling, buying influence and instigation to bribery. Prefect of Mehedinti County Nicolae Draghiea announced yesterday that he will suspend Adrian Duicu from his position of chairman of the County Council.
Constantin Stefan Ponea, chief of IPJ Mehedinti when the deeds were done, stands accused of influence peddling and buying influence. After the criminal investigation started and Ponea was arrested, Minister of the Interior released him from the position of command at the helm of Mehedinti Police County Inspectorate.
According to the ordinance for criminal investigation, chairman of Mehedinti County Council Adrian Duicu allegedly told Stefan Ponea between March and June 2013 that he has influence over several Government members, some public servants at the Ministry of the Interior and over chief of the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Police, as well as over some local councillors in Orsova local council.
Bucharest Court of Appeal also ruled on Thursday that former head of ASF, Dan Radu Rusanu should remain in prison, in the Carpatica file.

DNA demands green light for Senator Marius Isaila arrest
DNA sent the demand and the file written by prosecutors in order to notify the Minister of Justice to ask the Senate president to approve the arrest of Senator Marius Isaila, as he is under investigation for influence peddling and instigation to forgery. Isaila is accused that he asked and received the amount of EUR 200,000 to get involved in blocking a financial control conducted by ANAF (National Tax Administration Agency) at a company.

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