Arrest prolonged for prime minister’s brother-in-law

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ), Romania’s Supreme Court) approved on Wednesday the request of the National Anticorruption Directorate to extend by 30 days the arrest pending trial of Iulian Hertanu, Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s brother-in-law.

Hertanu, a stakeholder of the Grossman Engineering Group, was placed under arrest on February 18 on charges of forming an organized crime group, misappropriation of European funds and tax avoidance.

Anticorruption prosecutors also investigate in the same case the Prahova County (north of Bucharest) Chair Mircea Cosma and MPs Vlad Cosma and Sebastian Ghita; they were placed under judiciary control.

The case concerns the awarding of a contract for the refurbishment of the sewerage of Comarnic, a town in Prahova County, by the Hidro Prahova Company of Ploiesti (the county seat), which’s majority shareholder is the county council; the winner was Grossman Engineering, in an association with the Euro Construct Trading 98 Company.


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