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February 1, 2023

The Microsoft file: the heads of corruption start to fall

The businessman Dorin Cocos, The Mayor of the city Piatra Neamt, Gheorghe Stefan and former Communication Minister Gabriel Sandu were brought to the National Anticorruption Department (DNA) in order to be questioned in the file of Microsoft licences.
Dorin Cocos, the former husband of presidential candidate Elena Udrea, was brought in yesterday morning by police officers at the DNA headquarters with a police car, based on an arrest warrant.
Cocos was followed shortly by the Mayor of the Municipality of Piatra Neamt, Gheorghe Stefan, known under the nickname Pinalti. He expressed stupefaction and claimed that the whole operation was pointless. „I was brought in in vain”, Stefan declared before police officers led him inside the DNA headquarters. His lawyer, Catalin Dancu, explained that the Mayor of Piatra Neamt was accused of influence peddling and money laundering of a sum of over EUR 4 million, that might be connected to the felony suspicions investigated in the Microsoft file. Dancu mentioned that Gheorghe Stefan attended no hearing related to this case so far, but the investigators have announced him that they were preparing to arrest him and submitting a preventive arrest proposal in his case.
Former Communication Minister Gabriel Sandu was also brought in to the DNA headquarters by police officers, with an arrest warrant, in order to be interrogated in the case of Microsoft licences. Gabriel Sandu had attended a previous DNA hearing on October 20.
The list of “big names” continued with businessman Nicolae Dumitru, who was also interrogated at the DNA, in the same file. Dumitru, the owner of the Niro group of companies, was brought in also by police officers with an arrest warrant.

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