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May 25, 2022

Marian Vanghelie accuses: Ponta, Oprea and Ghita involved in former DIICOT boss’s case

Bucharest’s District 5 Mayor Marian Vanghelie, recently excluded from PSD, claims that Deputy Prime Minister Liviu Dragnea is not the only one involved in a new case that concerns Alina Bica, the former head of the Directorate for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT). Present on Realitatea TV, he claimed that Premier Victor Ponta, Gabriel Oprea and Sebastian Ghita were allegedly part of the crime group, adding moreover that they allegedly intervened in numerous cases within the judiciary, with the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) being aware of this and currently investigating the issue. Marian Vanghelie stated that what is happening within PSD these days is “a circus, a masquerade,” and that it has nothing to do with any reform, because Victor Ponta and Liviu Dragnea are playing a “who can survive” game. Marian Vanghelie claimed that Liviu Dragnea will no longer be part of the government because of the legal problems he has, and a criminal prosecution will start against Victor Ponta very soon. Marian Vanghelie stated that Sebastian Ghita, who recently resigned from PSD following several disagreements with some of his party colleagues, intervened at the General Prosecutor’s Office numerous times, against or in favor of politicians and businessmen, being backed by Victor Ponta. The two are involved not only in Alina Bica’s case, but also in several cases currently on the roll of prosecutor’s offices, the District 5 Mayor added. “Society, prosecutors, can no longer take it, these people will say, so this isn’t the first time, we’re talking about several years,” he emphasized, adding that “Oprea is involved in the same things.” After he claimed last week that Liviu Dragnea is allegedly involved in Alina Bica’s corruption case, new information appeared on Sunday. A National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) document obtained and published by Robert Turcescu shows that Alina Bica allegedly received a bribe of EUR 3.5 M from businessman Ioan Niculae, through Liviu Dragnea.


Liviu Dragnea: “It would be funny if it weren’t tragic”


PSD’s Executive President Liviu Dragnea was asked on Sunday to comment the information according to which his name appears in a new case concerning Alina Bica, the former head of DIICOT. Dragnea stated that this is the first time he hears these allegations. “It would be funny if it weren’t tragic. I heard I allegedly proposed Alina Bica at DIICOT… God forbid, how could I do that? I’m not Justice Minister, how could I propose anyone as prosecutor?” Liviu Dragnea stated.



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