Ploiesti Mayor Iulian Badescu was detained by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) Ploiesti prosecutors on Tuesday in a case concerning passive bribery and malfeasance in office. On Tuesday morning the Mayor of Ploiesti was taken in for hearings at DNA in the case concerning the way in which the Local Council financed the Petrolul Ploiesti football club.
Ploiesti Municipality raided, Mayor brought in for questioning to DNA
DNA prosecutors, on Tuesday morning, searched several Ploiesti addresses including the Municipality and the domicile of Ploiesti Mayor Iulian Badescu (PSD) in a case regarding the manner in which the City Council funded the Petrolul Ploiesti football team. Iulian Badescu was taken in to DNA on Tuesday to be questioned by the anti-corruption prosecutors. The secretary of Ploiesti Municipality, Ioana Iacob, and the lawyer of the institution, Iulia Alexandru, were also taken to DNA on Tuesday, according to Agerpres/
The prosecutors had Mayor Iulian Badescu’s home and the Ploiesti Municipality searched, looking for documents relevant to FC Petrolul and the ‘Yellow Wolves’ Association in which Petrolul financier Daniel Capra is also concerned. The sum the prosecutors are mentioning is EUR 3 M and, according to them, ended up in the accounts of the football club.
Mayor Iulian Badescu (PSD) was taken in to DNA Ploiesti on Tuesday at around 10:30. Before his interview with the prosecutors, Badescu said the accusations in the Petrolul Ploiesti financing case seemed aberrant to him and that, probably ‘Mr. Capra, currently on remand, was advised or pressed to testify against him’.
‘Probably Mr. Capra (the owner of Petrolul Ploiesti Football Club, Daniel Capra – editor’s note), currently on remand, was advised or pressed to testify against me. This rumour has been around for quite some time on the Ploiesti market’, Iulian Badescu said.
The mayor also said ‘this whole story seems to have started from a lady director who quit the Municipality, who had refused to sign the papers’. ‘In her capacity as economic director, she filed a complaint in the matter with the court of first instance’, the mayor said.
The Secretary of Ploiesti Municipality, Ioana Iacob, and the lawyer of the institution, Iulia Alexandru, were also brought in to DNA Ploiesti on Tuesday. According to Agerpres, Iulia Alexandru signed, for the Legal Office, the city council resolution approving a EUR 3 M premium for the FC Petrolul team players.
Before she entered the DNA building, Ioana Iacob said that, from her point of view, ‘everything was legal’, referring to the documents concerned in the case.
Previously, Iulian Badescu had written on his Facebook account that he would go to DNA ‘to clarify some aspects relative to the financing of Petrolul Ploiesti football club’.
‘This morning I was contacted by the DNA – Ploiesti Territorial Service magistrates to clarify some aspects relative to the financing of Petrolul Ploiesti football club. As it is known, The Ploiesti Municipality awarded premiums for the performance of the ‘Yellow Wolves’ Association under a Ploiesti City Council resolution. I am convinced that all the matters with regard to the contractual relations between the local public administration and the football club will be clarified in the shortest possible time to allow for the activity of both institutions to be continued under the best conditions’, Iulian Badescu states on his Facebook page.
In December 2012, Ploiesti City Council approved the allocation of a few million euro from the local budget, the final amount varying according to the performance of the Petrolul team. Since the team won the Cup of Romania and finished League I in the third position, the final sum approved was EUR 3 M. Under the agreement, the money was spent on salaries and premiums.