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January 27, 2023

Laszlo Borbely, investigated for influence peddling

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) confirmed on Monday the restart of the inquiry on UDMR’s vice-president Laszlo Borbely in the file including accusations of influence peddling against the Minister.

ICCJ approved the request of DNA Oradea that demanded the cancelling of the ordinance that established dropping legal pursuit, issued previously.

In January 2014, National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors had decided to drop charges against Laszlo Borbely related to two accounts of influence peddling and false statements, while the remaining three defendants in the file were sent to Court.

“Considering that, on September 11, 2012, the plenum of the Chamber of Deputies overruled the request filed by DNA prosecutors to approve the legal pursuit (an approval needed as, at that time, Borbely Laszlo was appointed Minister anf Deputy), charges regarding Borbely Laszlo were dropped on two accounts of influence peddling and false statements”, DNA officers pointed out.

DNA prosecutors of the Territorial Service of Oradea also ordered that charges be filed against Szepessy Szabolcs, personal advisor of the Environment and Forests Minister at the time the crimes were committed for complicity to influence peddling and purchase of influence, as well as against Ioan Ciocan and Anton-Petru Molnar, both for purchase of influence.


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