Ex-Telecommunications Minister Gabriel Sandu who has been arrested and then released and placed under house arrest has reported on Senate Speaker Calin Popescu Tariceanu to the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA). According to Sandu, in 2008, Calin Popescu Tariceanu reportedly received a bribe worth several million euros in order to extend the Microsoft licence purchase agreement. He did that by two government decisions and two additional deeds to the original agreement. The value of the agreement concluded with Fujitsu Siemens was USD 30 M and the paperwork was signed by ex-Economy and Finance Minister Varujan Vosganian and an ex-Communications Minister, Borbely Karoly.
Some of the bribe was allegedly spent by Tariceanu on the 2008 election campaign, the sum being remitted just two weeks before the election.
G. Sandu also exposed Emil Boc and Vasile Blaga to the DNA prosecutors.
‘Romanian Government was fraudulently using software licences’
In September 2014, Calin Popescu Tariceanu said the Government had been ‘fraudulently’ using the licences property of Microsoft and that it ought to make it ‘legal’ and the prosecutors had to investigate into possible suspicions ‘on the correctness of certain operations’, according to Mediafax. ‘Whenever there are suspicions raising question marks on he correctness of certain operations at a government level, the prosecutors are under a duty to conduct investigations and, if they find elements proving that the law has been broken, they should proceed as required. (…) As far as I know, this case refers to a very clear situation: the Government of Romania, the public administration of Romania was fraudulently – I emphasise fraudulently – using software licences, in which situation the owner of the licences, Microsoft, formally notified the Government that it must pay for the licences it was using. What happened from that point on I do not know, but I’m sure it is the prosecutor’s duty to investigate and it’s a very good thing that they are’, Tariceanu said at the time.