Anticorruption prosecutors showed up at the headquarters of PNL’s and PSD’s Prahova County branches, picking up several documents concerning the financing that the parties received from 2011 to 2015. The action is part of investigations in the corruption case in which Iulian Hertanu, the Premier’s brother-in-law, is accused of setting up an organized crime group and embezzling European funds. According to Senator Ion Luchian, PNL Prahova’s Co-President, quoted by Mediafax, the documents requested were put at the investigators’ disposal. MPs Sebastian Ghita and Vlad Cosma, as well as Prahova County Council Chairman Vlad Cosma, are also investigated in the Hertanu case, being placed under judicial control and accused of supporting an organized crime group.
Mihai Coman, former County Council member, advisor of SC Hidro Prahova’s Director and also known for being close to MP Mircea Rosca, the former president of PNL Prahova who was suspended from office after he was arraigned by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) in a corruption case, is one of the defendants in the case concerning the Premier’s brother-in-law.
According to the investigators, Virgiliu Roman, Sebastian Ghita, Vlad and Mircea Coman supported the organized crime group that Iulian Hertanu was a member of, in order to access and receive European funds as part of the contract on expanding the sewerage system in Comarnic, a project worth approximately EUR 10 M.
The DNA started a criminal probe in which Cosma is accused of passive bribery and influence peddling after he allegedly received approximately EUR 1 M from managers of companies that have contracts with the Prahova County Council, in exchange for awarding public work contracts whose beneficiary is the County Council.
Premier Victor Ponta’s brother-in-law remains under arrest
The High Court of Justice rejected on Wednesday Iulian Hertanu’s request to replace the preventive arrest measure with house arrest in the case concerning the embezzlement of European funds. The court’s decision is not final and Hertanu can appeal against it. Iulian Hertanu, a shareholder of SC Grossman Engineering Group SRL, was placed under preventive arrest on February 18, being accused of setting up an organized crime group, embezzling European funds and tax evasion.