Former PM Emil Boc visited Monica Iacob Ridzi at the external section of the Gherla Penitentiary, where she is imprisoned during quarantine time, after she was definitively convicted to five years in prison for abuse of office.
Sources inside the Gherla Penitentiary declared for Mediafax that the Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, Emil Boc, visited Monica Iacob Ridzi at the external section of the penitentiary in Cluj Napoca, during legal visiting hours.
“Mr. Emil Boc came to the external section of the Gherla penitentiary, located in Cluj, on Tuesday afternoon, and discussed with Monica Iacob Ridzi. As any other imprisoned person, Monica Iacob Ridzi has the right to receive visits. During quarantine time, she has the right to four visits”, the quoted sources mentioned.
Monica Iacob Ridzi, former Youth Minister, was convicted to five years of effective prison in the file she was accused of abuse of office, besides other eleven persons.
Monica Iacob Ridzi allegedly favoured two private companies during her term as Youth and Sport Minister. DNA Prosecutors claim that she had directed over EUR 600,000 to the two companies, for organizing Youth Day on May 2, 2009. The two companies were founded recently and shared common residence in an apartment. They had the same shareholders, as well.
“Iacob Ridzi Monica Maria, as Minister of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, along with other employees of this Ministry, caused a prejudice to the Ministry budget by signing three contracts on services without previously organizing or performing any procedure of attribution”, a press release issued by DNA shows.
In February 2010, Anti-Corruption prosecutors had demanded the Parliament approval for a search in the computers regarding this case. The search was blocked at the legal committee of the Chamber of Deputies for almost 10 months and afterwards, it was overruled by the plenum of the Chamber.
Monica Iacob Ridzi denied accusations and declared that all contracts were legal. The former Youth Minister was tried in May 2011.
Boc: Unfortunately, Mrs. Ridzi’s condition is not very good
Ex-Prime Minister Emil Boc said during a press conference on Wednesday that he had visited Monica Iacob Ridzi at the Cluj-Napoca exterior department of Gherla Prison on Tuesday, and found her at the infirmary because of her state of health.
‘I visited Mrs’ Ridzi on Tuesday at the exterior department in Cluj-Napoca of the Gherla Prison according to the law, by making a request to the heads of the facility. Unfortunately, she is not in very good health, actually it’s really bad, and I hope she has the opportunity to take care of her health as she needs medical attention, she is at the infirmary. I spent an hour and a half with her and we talked mainly about family, health, problems, relationship with family and what we could do for her at this more difficult moment, also given her condition and her family – she has two very young children’, Emil Boc said, as quoted by Agerpres.
Emil Boc also noted that Monica Iacob Ridzi is entitled to four monthly visits and that, together with her husband, she had decided that one of those would be made by him. Emil Boc said he would do all that he could to help a former colleague in a difficult time. ‘I will always help the best I can, humanly speaking, for anyone, especially a former Cabinet colleague’, he added, noting that he had not taken anything to Ridzi as she was only entitled to one parcel per month, which she had already received from her family.
He also said that Monica Iacob Ridzi would undergo a series of detailed tests given her condition.