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April 13, 2021

Acquisitions from public, European funds in the anticorruption prosecutors’ focus: DNA executes searches connected to 2011 Bute Boxing Gala

Prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) are executing search warrants in 18 locations situated in Bucharest and four other counties in a file regarding acquisitions made through programs financed by public funds and European funds.

“Following authorization by the competent court, search warrants are being executed in 18 locations (company headquarters and homes of individuals) situated in the City of Bucharest and Ilfov, Prahova, Hunedoara and Gorj counties”, a release by the DNA remitted on Monday to Agerpres shows.

The DNA mentions that the prosecutors are investigating a criminal case based on suspicion of committing the crime of corruption and crimes assimilated to corruption during acquisition procedures ran through public funds and European funds programs.

The DNA prosecutors benefit from support from the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) and the Special Intervention Brigade of the Gendarmerie in the investigation.

The searches are connected with the  Gala in which Lucian Bute boxed in Bucharest, in July 2011, judiciary sources told Agerpres.
The quoted sources mentioned that the searches executed target Stefan Lungu, former adviser to Elena Udrea; Adrian Gardean; Rudel Obreja, former head of the Romanian Boxing Federation; Miron Lupulescu; Cornel Resmerita; Gheorghe Nastasia; but also companies SC Termogaz Company SA, SC Rogard Coom Impex SRL , SC Consmin SA, SC Last Time Studio SRL.

DNA prosecutors have found new instances of corruption committed by employees of the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism, but also crimes through which funds were defrauded from the institution ran at that time by Elena Udrea, the judiciary sources add.

The DNA will hear, on Monday, at its headquarters, eight persons.


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