The former head of the National Integrity Agency (ANI), Horia Georgescu, has been brought to trial in the ANPR damages case, alongside PNL MP Theodor Niculescu, UDMR MP Marko Attila and nine other defendants.
The National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) informs through a release that Horia Georgescu, currently on remand, has been brought to trial on three counts of abuse of office with exceptionally grievous consequences.
MP Theodor Niculescu, also on remand, has been brought to trial on a total of 24 counts of continuous bribery as well as three counts of abuse of office with exceptionally grievous consequences.
Apart from Georgescu and Niculescu, the following defendants have been referred to Court on three counts of abuse of office with exceptionally grievous consequences: Ingrid Zaarour, former President of ANRP, currently on judicial control, Mihnea-Remus Iuoras, former ANRP Vice-President, on judicial control; Ingrid-Luciana Popa-Mocanu, former ANRP Vice-President, on judicial control; Remus-Virgil Baciu, former ANRP Vice-President, with a final prison sentence for corruption in a distinct case, Marko Attila-Gabor, UDMR MP and former Secretary of State at the Secretariat General of the Government – Department for Inter-ethnic Relations, Constantin-Catalin Canagiu, Finance Ministry official at the date of the offences, Gheorghe Visoiu, on remand, ANPR employee, Alexandru-Florin Hanu, on remand, authorized appraiser member of the National Association of Authorized Appraisers (ANEVAR); Dorin-Cornel Drulă, on house arrest, authorized appraiser (ANEVAR), Neculai Nistor, on house arrest, authorized appraiser (ANEVAR).
According to DNA prosecutors, Ingrid Zaarour, Baciu Remus Virgil, Marko Attila-Gabor, Iuoraş Mihnea-Remus, Popa-Mocanu Ingrid-Luciana, Georgescu Horia, Canangiu Constantin-Cătălin and Nicolescu Theodor Cătălin were in 2008 members of the Central Commission for the Establishment of Damages in ANRP. In that capacity, the eight defendants issued, in the case of three applications (no.13653/FFCC/2008, no.26600/CC/2006 and no. 8745/CC/2006) damages titles based on valuation reports contrary to the International Valuation Standards for the estimation of the market value of property and against the provisions of Section 13, Section 10 paragraphs 6 and 7 of Law No. 247/2005 for the reform in the area of property and justice. The aim of their action was to over-valuate the nationalized properties, leading to a damage caused to the state budget and benefits for various assignees of litigious rights.