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January 18, 2022

Former Minister of Interior Cristian David brought to DNA under a warrant for an alleged 500,000 euros bribery

Former Minister of Interior Cristian David was brought to the headquarters of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate [DNA] under a warrant. Cristian David denied making any statements to the press gathered in front of the building.

According to some judicial sources quoted by Agerpres, he is to be heard in the file for which a lifting of immunity was required in his case last year, so that the authorities could initiate criminal proceedings in relation to charges of taking bribery and money laundering.

On November 19, 2014, former president Traian Basescu was announcing having asked for a launch of criminal proceedings against former minister Cristian David, while specifying at the same time that his decision didn’t mean that the one in cause was actually guilty.

The back then president showed at the time that the documents he received from the General Prosecutor’s Office, whereto they came from the DNA, indicated David as a possible suspect in a case in which he allegedly took 500,000 euros worth of bribery in exchange for having a prefect issue a title deed for a 15-hectare plot of land within the built-up areas of Buzau Municipality.

On November 10, the DNA head, Laura Codruta Kovesi, forwarded a request to the General Prosecutor, who was supposed to notify further the President, to launch criminal proceedings against Cristian David, former minister of Interior and Administration Reform over April 5, 2007 – December 22, 2008, with charges of taking bribery and money laundering.

The DNA specified that the facts in relation to which it received a notification in 2014 had to do with minister David Cristian’s having claimed in 2007, and received on February 1, 2008, the amount of 500,000 euros, from an informant, to make use of his responsibilities as prefect coordinator in such a manner so as to ensure the issuing by the Buzau County Committee of the title deed over a 15-ha plot of land in the Buzau Municipality’s built-up area.

‘In order to hide where the money came from and to avoid criminal liability, he allegedly concluded several purchase-sale agreements involving fictive real estate transactions between the persons involved in committing the corruption deed,’ claim the prosecutors.


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