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December 1, 2022

Dan Adamescu taken into custody for bribe giving

Dan Adamescu was taken into custody on Thursday for 24 hours in connection to the case in which he is suspected of having given 20,000 euros as bribe to judges Ion Stanciu and Elena Roventa in exchange of rulings in insolvency files in favour of companies where the businessman was a shareholder, the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) informs. Dan Adamescu was brought on Thursday under police escort to the DNA headquarters, with a warrant being issued on his name.
Upon arriving at DNA, Adamescu made no statement. “According to the ordinance authorizing the remand, there is data (…) showing that in December 2013, defendant Adamescu Dan sent, via intermediaries, the amounts of 15,000 euros, 5,000 euros respectively to defendants Stanciu Ion and Roventa Elena, judges with the Bucharest Tribunal, 7 Civil Section, in exchange of favourable rulings issued by magistrates in insolvency files, to some companies where the defendants was shareholder,” DNA reports.
Adamescu has allegedly given the money to a lawyer, who sent the amount to an intermediary working at one of the companies in the group, via bank transfer, the prosecutors said. “In order to justify the fact that he withdrew the money from the company, Adamescu Dan decided that the lawyer should issue a receipt for «legal services». Subsequently, the attorney transferred the amount from the account of his private legal practice into his personal account and on the very same day, the money arrived in the account of the intermediary’s (natural person) wife, under the title provision of loan. Then, the intermediary withdrew the amount from his wife’s account,” according to DNA. Prosecutors also noted that the intermediary, an insolvency practitioner, remitted the amount of 15,000 euros to judge Ion Stanciu, right after the insolvency procedure for SC Baumeister SA company, coordinated by Dan Adamescu, was launched in Dec. 2013. In the same context, the intermediary remitted 5,000 euros to judge Elena Roventa, in exchange of a favourable ruling that is to reject the appeals of the other lenders. In addition, the ruling had as an immediate result the designation of a different “agreed” official receiver.
DNA is to submit to the Bucharest Court of Appeal a proposal for Adamescu’s remand in custody for 30 days.

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