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June 18, 2021
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MP Laszlo Borbely’s immunity safe for another week

The MPs are in no hurry to lift Laszlo Borbely’s immunity. The plenary meeting where DNA’s request will be voted on has been scheduled for next week, on March 11 – a month and a week after the prosecutors asked the Chamber of Deputies to approve criminal investigations against the MP.

Laszlo Borbely is accused of taking a bribe of EUR 50,000 from an Oradea businessman in order for him to help him be awarded public contracts. The UDMR leader has claimed it was an abuse and said he would try to demonstrate his innocence.

This is a second DNA request in Borbely’s case. The first one was declined.

The procedure or reopening criminal investigations was appealed against in the Constitutional Court on Tuesday by the Ombudsman institution headed by Victor Ciorbea. It claimed that the prosecutor and the suspect or defendant cannot participate in debates in Court, and therefore a fair trial cannot be guaranteed.

Suspected of influence peddling while he was Minister of Environment, Laszlo Borbely is accused of receiving from a company manager, Ioan Ciocan, undue gratuities worth RON 80,952, consisting in the renovation and equipping of an apartment, in exchange for him using his influence on ‘Apele Romane’ National Administration officials whom he promised to convince to help the company be awarded contracts by various basin administrations in the country.

DNA has asked for the reopening of the case where UDMR MP Laszlo Borbely is suspected of influence peddling as Minister of Environment. Previously, the same institution had decided not to prosecute him.

On UDMR’s position when the prosecution of Laszlo Borbely is to be discussed next week, Gyorgy Frunda, PM Victor Ponta’s honorary advisor, said: ‘As far as I am aware of, as I am no longer a member of Parliament, the president of UDMR has said that every UDMR senator and deputy had voted according to their own conscience’.

 

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