The head of the National Agency for Integrity (ANI), Horia Georgescu, has resigned from office, his resignation following to be registered on Tuesday at the Cabinet of the Senate President, his lawyer, Cristian Ene, announced.
“Horia Georgescu handed us his resignation as head of ANI and we are going to register it at the Cabinet of the Romanian Senate President later today. This was his own initiative, which he justified by saying that he didn’t want to affect the ANI image in any way. Even if he believes he is not guilty of the charges that were brought upon him, he wants to avoid any damage to the image of the institution,” Cristian Ene said on Tuesday morning.
The lawyer also specified that he had a two-hour long discussion on Monday evening with Horia Georgescu when he was currently in arrest by the Bucharest Police, and they established the strategy they are going to use in defense against the arrest proposal formulated by the DNA (National Anti-corruption Directorate), to be judged by the High Court of Cassation and Justice on Tuesday.
Horia Georgescu was brought, with warrant, on Monday, to the DNA to be heard about the National Authority for Property Restitution. 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, with the prejudice under this file amounting to 75 million euros.
On Tuesday, Georgescu was brought before the High Court of Cassation and Justice with a proposal for preventive arrest for 30 days.
In January 2015, Romania’s Government – the National Authority for Property Restitution notified the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) regarding the fact that in the period 2008-2009 the buildings evaluation reports 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.
Eight people taken into custody in the case
The DNA prosecutors have informed on all measures taken in the case of the resigning President of the National Integrity Agency, Horia Georgescu.
A DNA release quoted by ziare.com states that eight persons have been taken into custody, one had been placed under judicial control and two are under investigation without preventive measures in place.
PNL MP Theodor-Catalin Nicolescu is also investigated for three criminal offences of abuse of office, anti-corruption prosecutors state. The Arges MP used to be the President of the National Agency for the Restitution of Properties. He was questioned by the prosecutors during several hours on Monday.
The DNA prosecutors have started investigations and detained for 24 hours the following defendants:
– Mihnea-Remus Iuoras and Ingrid Luciana Popa-Mocanu, Vice-President and member of the Central Commission for the Establishment of Damages of ANRP, for the commission of three criminal offences of abuse of office. , – Constantin Catalin Canagiu, member of the Central Commission for the Establishment of Damages of ANRP at the date when the offences were committed, for the commission of two offences of abuse of office with exceptionally grievous consequences.
– Ghoerghe Visoiu, property appraisal expert at the date the offences were omitted, for the commission of three offences of abuse of office committed as an accomplice, with exceptionally grievous consequences.
– Neculai Nistor, Florin-Alexandru Hanu and Dorin-Cornel Drula, property appraisal experts at the date the offences were committed, for the offence of abuse of office committed as an accomplice, with exceptionally grievous consequences. Anti-corruption prosecutors have introduced the measure of judicial control for 60 days against Ingrid Zaarour, former head of ANRP. The anti-corruption prosecutors have started criminal investigations against the defendants: Theodor-Catalin Niculescu, currently member of the Romanian Parliament, and Remus Virgil-Baciu, for the commission of three offences of abuse of office with exceptionally grievous consequences.
Brother accuses him of theft
His brother, Sorin Georgescu, spoke on Antena 3 TV about Horia Georgescu’s detention by DNA. He claims he has been robbed by his own family – his brother, Horia Georgescu, and their father, Marian Georgescu. Sorin Georgescu says it is a commercial litigation that ended very quickly and from where he had to lose. ‘I lost based on total injustice’, Sorin Georgescu said, referring to a sum of money. He says he is aware of the seriousness of his confessions, especially since his statements could put his brother, Horia Georgescu, head of ANI, in a difficult situation with the judiciary.