Ex-Interior Minister Cristian David was detained on Wednesday by the prosecutors with the National Anti-corruption Department (DNA) in the case where he is accused of taking EUR 500,000 bribe to intervene with the Buzau Prefect, Cristinel Bigiu, in 2007, in the case of a plot of land of 15 hectares.
The DNA prosecutors informed Cristian David that he was under criminal investigations for taking bribe and issued a 24 hour detention warrant for him.
DNA notes that other people are under investigation in the same case.
Yesterday, the DNA building was also visited Gheorghe Doloiu, judicial sources telling Mediafax that he is also under investigation for complicity to bribe-taking in the case, acting as a go-between Cristian David and other people.
Accused of uttering and misrepresentation in a different case
Cristian David was denounced in 2014 and, on 10 November DNA requested to be allowed to commence criminal investigations against the former minister of interior for bribery.
In a different case, DNA was announcing on 5 March 2014 that David, while being a minister delegate for the Diaspora, was under criminal investigation for abuse of office, uttering and misrepresentation, offences allegedly committed for justifying the amount of EUR 60,000. Cristian David was Minister of Interior and Administrative Reform from 5 April 2007 to 22 December 2008.
On 26 February 2014, Cristian David resigned office as Minister Delegate for the Diaspora, alongside the rest of the Liberal ministers on the Cabinet. On the same day, after DNA had requested to be allowed to prosecute him, Cristian David also quit PNL, explaining he was doing that not to hurt the image of the party following the prosecutors’ allegations.
The President of Buzau County Council, Cristinel Bîgiu, who was Prefect of the county in 2008-2012, was suspended from office in December 2014 after being arrested for bribe-taking.
Cristinel Bîgiu and his God-son, Florin Colgiu, charged with bribe-taking and complicity to bribe-taking, were arrested on 7 December 2014 by the magistrates of the Bucharest Tribunal. Bigiu is under criminal investigation for demanding and receiving money for public contracts.