The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) on Saturday decided the 30 day preventive arrest of Capital Sector 5 Mayor Marian Vanghelie, accused by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) of abuse of office, bribe taking and money laundering.
The decision is not final.
Marian Vanghelie has already been taken to the arrest of the Capital Police.
“From 2007 until present, defendant Vanghelie, in exchange for some material benefits, helped a businessman to obtain, for the companies the latter controls, the granting of a number of public work contracts, with a total value of approximately 2 billion lei. For the assignment and payment of the contracts for the public works execution, defendant Vanghelie Marian-Daniel charged an approximately 20 per cent ‘commission’ of the value of the contracts signed by the Bucharest Sector 5 Hall and the subordinate institutions with the companies controlled by the businessman in question,” the DNA maintains quoted by Agerpres.
The “commission” in question was paid by businessman Dumitru Marin to Vanghelie, through Mircea-Sorin Niculae (Mayor Vanghelie’s cousin), and to another person in their circle, the prosecutors also say.
The “commission” was paid, in some cases, in the form of some contracts signed by a company controlled by Marin Dumitru, through some off-shore companies, and companies controlled by the Sector 5 mayor, through intermediaries.
The investigators found that part of the “commission” was paid by ceding two new constructions in favour of some persons close to the Mayor.
The DNA points out that as guarantee for the 20 per cent commission payment, a businessman ceded the control over one of his companies to close acquaintances of Vanghelie.
The cited source also underscores that Marian Vanghelie purchased, together with his cousin Mircea Sorin Niculae, a series of movable and immovable assets from 2007 until present, using money coming from bribes. The assets were then introduced in the patrimony of the companies controlled by the two, with the purpose of hiding their illegal origin.
Wiretapes: Vanghelie bragged about being able to put pressure on President Iohannis through TV producer
Bucharest Sector 5 Mayor Marian Vanghelie’s telephone conversations were intercepted by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors, while he was telling a close person that he could intervene with President Klaus Iohannis, through TV producer Rares Bogdan, in order to help him with the criminal case, maintaining that the President needed him to make the majority in the Senate.
According to some judicial sources, the information comes up in the report through which the DNA prosecutors have asked the judges with the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) the preventive arrest of Marian Vanghelie.
“(…) the defendant Vanghelie Marian-Daniel understood, in his attempt to determine a person to make statements in his favour, to persuade this person of the fact that he has the capacity, through journalist Rares Bogdan, to put pressure on the country’s President, pressure, which, in the defendant’s opinion, could influence the investigations in the current case,” the report shows.
In this respect, there is an interception in the case in which Vanghelie invokes the name of President Klaus Iohannis and Rares Bogdan, within a telephone conversation with Mariana Carla Dinu.
The report also mentions that Marian Vanghelie granted a great number of contracts funded with public money to the companies controlled by businessman Dumitru Marin, in exchange for two new constructions in favour of a close acquaintance of Vanghelie, namely Mariana Carla Dinu.
Rares Bogdan: I will take to court prosecutor who mentioned my name in Vanghelie’s report
TV producer Rares Bogdan on Friday evening said that he would take to court the prosecutor working on the case involving Marian Vanghelie for having mentioned his name in the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) report presented to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ).
“We are witnessing a new abuse, the terrible abuse of prosecutors. It wouldn’t be the first. The abuse of Vanghelie’s case prosecutor, who is trying to create an additional pressure on the High Court by introducing my name and that of Romania’s President in this equation. I have no connection whatsoever with this equation, Romania’s President has no connection with this. (…) I don’t know what Vanghelie said or didn’t say, it is not my business. But to introduce me in such equation saying, speculating that I could be I don’t know what and including the recording in the report through which Marian Vanghelie is taken to court (…) seems to me a terrible abuse. (…) I will take the case prosecutor to court and I am demanding now (…) to be invited to the DNA to see this individual face to face. I want to sit face to face with the individual who involved me in this case,” Rares Bogdan said in a telephone intervention on Antena 3 private television broadcaster.
On the other hand, the TV producer said he didn’t know Klaus Iohannis “that well” and that he wasn’t in charge with making up parliamentary majorities.
UNPR’s Oprea: In my activity, and I have been in 6 governments, my name has never been linked to any scandal
National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR) Chairman Gabriel Oprea in Poiana Brasov on Saturday said, in reply to a question referring to Marian Vanghelie’s statement that he had room in his cell for Ponta and Oprea, that during his entire political activity his name “has never been linked to any scandal,” because he is a jurist, a military, and he has sought to observe the law.
“I would like you to check if Gabriel Oprea has ever been… maybe I have also been displeased… I have sought to carry out my political project, UNPR, for national stability, (…) I have sought not to offend anyone and I have sought to observe the law. In general, during my entire political activity, and I have been in around six governments, my name has never been linked to any scandal. Why? Because I have sought to observe the law, I am a jurist, I am a military, and this is what I also want to instill here, to the youth, to observe the law. I have never mentioned any name (…) I don’t believe in political enmity, I believe maybe in a political competition and we never voice opinions regarding the justice matter. We strengthen, support justice and we seek that everyone observe the law,” Gabriel Oprea said.
When asked how the UNPR will vote in the case of Senator Dan Sova, in the case of whom the prosecutors asked the Senate to approve the detention and preventive arrest, Gabriel Oprea said that “UNPR has always respected justice.”
The UNPR Chairman together with representatives of the party leadership participated in Poiana Brasov on Saturday in the national meeting of the youth organisation of the National Union for Romania’s Progress.