Magistrates from the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) on Tuesday night decided to place the former head of the National Agency for Integrity (ANI), Horia Georgescu, currently investigated for abuse of office in the National Authority for Property Restitution (ANRP) case, under preventive arrest for 30 days.
Horia Georgescu handed himself over to the Bucharest Police on Wednesday morning, being accompanied by his lawyer, Cristian Ene.
The case in which Horia Georgescu was detained for abuse of office on Monday was opened based on the denunciations regarding corruption in ANRP made by Dorin and Alin Cocos, according to the preventive arrest document.
Georgescu will be held in preventive arrest for 30 days in the same case are also Mihnea Remus Iuoras (former Deputy President of the Central Committee for Damage Settlement within the ANRP), Ingrid Luciana Popa Mocanu (former Deputy President of the Committee), Constantin Catalin Canangiu (member of the Committee), Gheorghe Visoiu and Alexandru Florin Hanu (evaluators).
The decision is not final.
The former chief of ANI Horia Georgescu is charged by the DNA prosecutors of committing three offenses of abuse of office, also with aggravating circumstance, if the public officer obtained undue benefits for himself or another, facts that he committed while being a member of the Central Committee for Damage Settlement of the ANRP, with the prejudice under this case amounting to 75 million euros.
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.
‘On 4 March 2015, following the denunciations made by Cocos Dorin and Cocos Alin (…) criminal investigations were started regarding the commission of the offence of bribe-taking, consisting of Diacomatu Sergiu receiving EUR 400,000 for expediting the processing of applications with the numbers 21567/FFCC/2010, 21997/FFCC/2010, 22139/FFCC/2010 and 22076/FFCC/2010. After the notification received by the National Anti-corruption Department, on 10 March 2015 the Government of Romania sent the Control Report of the Prime Minister’s Control Body on the verifications performed by the National Authority for the Restitution of Properties regarding the fulfillment of duties in the process of applying the provisions of Law No. 10/2001, raising violations of the legal provisions on the manner of the fulfillment of duties in the application of the provisions of Law. No. 10/2001 on the legal regime of properties abusively taken over from 6 March 1945 to 2 December 1989, for the 2008 – 2011 period’, the investigators state in the report proposing the preventive arrest in the case of Horia Georgescu.
Following the analysis of the two complaints, as well as of the one made to ANRP in January, regarding the restitution of buildings and land, the prosecutors opened a criminal case.
‘Based on the evidence administered in the case, the conclusion is that, through the appraisal report prepared in the cases no. 8745/CC/2006, 26600/CC/2006 and 13653/FFCC/2008, valuators appointed by the National Authority for the Restitution of Properties over-valuated the land, by that contributing to causing the state budget a loss by presenting the appraisal reports to the Central Commission for Establishing the Damages and their approval by the Commission made up of the following members: Ingrid Zaarous, Mihnea-Remus Iuoras, Attila-Gabor Marko, Ingrid-Luciana Popa-Marcu, Remus-Virgil Baciuc, Constantin-Catalin Canangiu, Theodor-Catalin Nicolescu and Horia Georgescu, who sanctioned the valuation reports of the expert appraisers Gheorghe Visoiu – employee of the National Authority for the Restitution of Properties, Neculai Nistor – employee of Rom-Consultin Co SRL, Dorin-Cornel Drula – employee of Preciss Consulting SRL and Florin Alexandru Hanu’, the DNA report further notes.