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Adrian Nastase’s name appears in phone conversations incriminating Viorel Hrebenciuc

Viorel Hrebenciuc has partially admitted the charges brought against him, according to National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors who are preparing to finalize the illegal restitutions case and to send it to court after asking for a 15-day extension of the preventive measures taken against the defendants.

The former PSD MP only partially admitted the corruption charges brought against him in the case that concerns the illegal restitution of 43,000 hectares of forest to Gheorghe Paltin Sturdza, shows the last referral that proposes the extension of the preventive measures taken against the defendants in this case, a document obtained by Mediafax.

“During the hearings, defendants Hrebenciuc Viorel, Hrebenciuc Andrei, Adam Ioan and Bengescu Dan Costin partially admitted the crimes they are accused of,” the aforementioned document shows. “Paltin Gheorghe Sturdza did not admit committing any crime. Adam Ioan has filed a denunciation in this case, pointing out that he bribed judge Ordog Lorand Andras in order to obtain decision 231/2012 from the Covasna Court. Kadas Iosif, Poenaru Janica and Iacob Sorin Ioan did not admit committing the crimes they are charged with,” the DNA prosecutors wrote in their referral.

The analysis of the phone taps pointed out that Hrebenciuc told Sturdza and Adam the advice he gave to Adrian Nastase after the latter took “a deal” from him and passed it on to a different party colleague, namely to take business partners with whom to make “deals” and to be “the cleanest man in the world” with everyone else.

Viorel Hrebenciuc, Ioan Adam, Paltin Gheorghe Sturdza and Dan Costin Bengescu are accused of forming a crime group through which they sought to obtain revenues by purchasing influence or using their public offices.

Prosecutors have placed distraint on the mobile and immobile assets of the defendants.

On January 15, prosecutors expanded their case to include Tudor Chiuariu, accusing him of asking Gheorghe Paltin Sturdza for a EUR 3 M bribe in order to obtain for him a plot of land of approximately 6,000 hectares by peddling the influence he had over civil servants in Bacau County.

Senators Dan Sova and Ilie Sarbu, as well as Romsilva’s Director General Adam Craciunescu, are also prosecuted in the restitution case.

 

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