Former European Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos was heard as a witness at the Office of the Prosecutor General on Wednesday. The ex-Minister of Agriculture was charged with abuse of office, following a criminal complaint filed against him. The offences were allegedly committed while he was heading the Ministry of Agriculture, regarding the constitution of the Ministry as a civil party in the case of the privatisation of the Food Research Institute in 2008. According to Antena 3 TV, the criminal investigation have commenced in rem. The complaint against Dacian Ciolos was made by one of the defendants in the ICA case\, Jean-Catalin Sandu, former AVAS Vice-President.
Dacian Ciolos left the building without saying anything to the press. The former European commissioner for agriculture only conformed that he had been summoned as a witness.
Dan Voiculescu was sentenced to ten years in prison on 8 August 2014, in the case of the fraudulent privatisation of ICA. Jean-Catalin Sandu was sentenced to six years of imprisonment in the same case.
A few days before the sentence was handed down in the case, the Bucharest Court of Appeal refused to hear a number of witnesses, including Traian Basescu, Ilie Sarbu and Dacian Ciolos in the case of the Food Research Institute (ICA).
The request for hearing D. Ciolos had been made by Dan Voiculescu’s lawyer Gheorghita Mateut. According to him, as Minister of Agriculture, Dacian Ciolos ‘illegally allowed the Ministry to establish itself as a civil party to the case’.