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January 24, 2022

Bute Boxing Gala case: Rudel Obreja remains in custody, decision is final

Former president of the Romanian Boxing Federation (FRB) Rudel Obreja remains in custody after the Bucharest Court of Appeal upheld the preventive arrest decision handed down on February 5 by the Bucharest Tribunal. The decision is final.

Rudel Obreja is prosecuted in the so called ‘Bute Boxing Gala’ case on two counts of money laundering, two counts of tax evasion and complicity in tax evasion.

Lupeni city mayor Cornel Resmerita was arrested in the same case, while Stefan Lungu, a former advisor to ex-Minister of Regional Development and Tourism Elena Udrea, and Gheorghe Nastasia, a former Secretary general with the Ministry of Regional Development and Tourism (MDRT), are under house arrest.

According to the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), in 2011, Nastasia, who back then served as MDRT Secretary-general, requested from representative of Termogaz Company SA Adrian Gardean approximately 10 percent of the of the company’s receipts in exchange for the promise that he will facilitate the approval of financing for the works carried out under the “Ski in Romania” program.

Gheorghe Nastasia told Adrian Gardean that an indicative 3,000,000 lei had to be paid to Rudel Obreja’s company Europlus Computers SRL, as sponsorship for the Bute Boxing Gala.

SC Termogaz Company SA concluded over 2010 – 2011 several public procurement contracts financed from MDRT funds under the “Ski in Romania” program, with the most important such contracts referring to the fitting out of the ski estates in the tourist areas Gutaiul Doamnei and Straja, as well as of a ski lift slope in the Borsec resort.

Also, former Minister Elena Udrea’s personal advisor Stefan Lungu received in 2010, in two installments, a total amount of 695,367.06 lei from SC Termogaz Company SA representatives Adrian Gardean, Miron Gardean and Miron Lupulescu in exchange for the promise that he will talk MDRT senior officials into approving the funding of works contracts concluded by the respective company with several territorial administrative units.

The investigators note that several fictitious procurement contracts were drafted in order to conceal the true nature of these payments, Agerpres reports.


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