Prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) have taken into custody on Monday Horia Georgescu, the head of the National Integrity Agency (ANI) for abuse of office in a file related to his activity in the Compensation Commission with the National Authority for Property Restitution (ANRP). Georgescu has been transferred to the detention facility of the Bucharest Police.Prosecutors now have 24 hours to take Georgescu before a court that has to decide whether to place him under arrest pending trial for up to 30 days. Asked by attending journalists if he has accepted bribes, Georgescu answered: ‘Never.’ ANI is the authority responsible for checking the compatibility and declarations of assets of Romanian public officials.
Georgescu has been brought on Monday morning, with warrant, to the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) to be heard by prosecutors.
The ANI head did not make statements before entering the DNA headquarters. According to sources quoted by Agerpres, his presence at DNA was related to a ANRP notification after Bica I case.
Georgescu, who was a member, until 2010, of the Central Commission for Compensation Establishment, is being suspected by anti-corruption prosecutors of abuse of office when he held that position.
The cited sources say investigations are being conducted into abuse of office with extremely serious consequences in relation to those who were members of the Central Commission for Compensation Establishment.
In January 2015, Romania’s Government – the National Authority for Property Restitution notified the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) regarding the fact that the October 2013 decision of the Court of Auditors ordered that the ANRP re-assess also the files in which compensation was awarded in 2009 to 2011.
The Court of Auditors conducted an inspection at the ANRP into the use of funds allotted for the payment of compensation and found that the evaluation reports of the buildings for which compensation was awarded, under Law 247/2005, did not meet the requirements of the International Evaluation Standards on estimating the market value of those buildings.
According to the cited sources, the Court of Auditors ordered that ANRP president verify all evaluation reports whose quantum of compensation exceeded the amount of 500,000 lei.
Under the Court’s decision and after re-evaluating 452 files, it was found that in a number of 94 files the value initially set was over 20 per cent higher.
Thus, the ANRP notified the DNA to start investigations to determine and recoup the damage caused to the state budget by over-estimating some buildings for which compensation was awarded, as existing data lead to the conclusion of some over-valuations to the detriment of the Romanian state, the sources say.
PNL Deputy Theodor Nicolescu and ANRP ex-president Ingrid Aaarour, heard in the same file
Liberal Deputy Theodor Nicolescu on Monday was brought by policemen to the headquarters of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), following to be heard in the ANRP (National Authority for Property Restoration) case.
According to his Curriculum Vitae posted on the website of the Deputies Chamber, Theodor Nicolescu occupied the office of Deputy President of the National Authority for Property Restoration from October 2005 until May 2008.
Also brought to the DNA for hearings was Ingrid Zaarour, ex-President of the ANRP.
Prime Minister’s control body has notified DNA on irregularities in property restitution files
On Sunday, the Prime Minister’s Control Body announced that it would notify the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) and the Court of Accounts for the way in which some property restitution files were completed the long of several years.
According to the report regarding the checks finalised at the National Authority for Property Restitution (ANRP), released on Sunday, there were solved with priority some cases of paranoia or sciatica, treated as “exceptional”. Among these cases, some “recurrent depressive disorder”, “obesity”, “psoriasis”, ” dyslipidemia”, “gallbladder” are also accountable. The report shows that the “exceptional, highly motivated cases” was not defined by the Central Compensation Commission (CCC).
The document reveals that from January 1 2008 to December 31 2011, at the Central Compensation Commission’s level were solved 8,136 files under the Law no. 10/2001. Out of these, 1,407 were solved in accordance with the registration number with the CCC Secretariat, 2,269 with priority, as they were considered “exceptional cases”, and of those 131 files were solved in favour of the assignees of rights to remedial measures, who would have been in exceptional situations.
The difference of 4,460 files is represented by other kinds of restitution files, such as those with final and irrevocable court decisions .
The report highlights that over 2008-2011, the number of the restitution files solved with priority by invoking “exceptional cases” was bigger that the number of the files solved after the order of their registration.
The Prime minister’s Control Body report will be submitted to the National Authority for Property Restitution, the Public Finance Ministry, the Interior Affairs Ministry, the Justice Ministry, the General Secretariat of the Government, the Prime minister’s Chancellery, for information, the National Authority for the Public Procurement Monitoring and Regulation, to analysing some aspects displayed in the report