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DNA Ploiesti extends judicial control over MP Sebastian Ghita in the case involving PM Ponta’s brother-in-law

Prosecutors with the Ploiesti offices of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), on Friday extended judiciary control of MP Sebastian Ghita  in relation to European funds fraud for the expansion of the sewage system of Comarnic conducted by the Grossmann company in a court case involving Iulian Hertanu the brother-in-law of Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

Upon leaving the DNA Ploiesti offices, where he stayed for nearly 15 minutes, Ghita said the prosecutors ordered a 60-day extension to the judiciary control of him for involvement in the court case that regards Iulian Hertanu.

He said he will appeal against the measure, as the measure affects him on various levels.

Asked whether, from his point of view, there are reasons for him to be called back by the DNA, Ghita said that does not depend on him.

“If the prosecutors so consider, they will summon me to ask me questions, like any other citizen. In 60 days so far they have not asked me more than I said in the statement I gave them,” said Ghita.

The former Social Democratic Party ( PSD)  MP also said he has nothing to do with Hertanu, Ponta’s brother-in-law, or with the object of prosecutorial investigation.

“I have nothing to do with the object, because I do not know the people of Hidro Prahova. I have nothing to do with Mr Hertanu,” said Ghita.

DNA Ploiesti is prosecuting Ghita in connection with aiding and abetting a crime ring created in a court case where Hertanu is in pre-trial detention for European fund fraud, the creation of an organized crime ring and tax evasion.

Also arrested in the same case are businessman Vladimir Ciorba, while MP Vlad Cosma and his father Mircea Cosma, chairman of the Prahova County Council, are investigated under judiciary control along with Hidro Prahova production manager Iuliu Virgiliu Roman. Manager of Grossmann, the company hired for the expansion works in Comarnic, Ilie Dragan was placed under house arrest, Agerpres informs.


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