Social-Democrat Ion Ochi suspected of bribery and abuse of office

The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA)  on Tuesday asked the Chamber of Deputies to consent to the detention and arrest of PSD MP Ion Ochi on a charge of bribery and abuse of office allegedly committed while he was the Vice-President of Brasov County Council.

The anticorruption prosecutors say they have evidence to show reasonable suspicion that, in the latter half of 2011, against the provisions of the public procurement ordinance, the defendant Ion Ochi, in his capacity as Vice-President of Brasov County Council, and the defendant Dorin Cristian Nica, agreed that the company of the latter would perform works for repairing a county road, DJ 12D, connecting the localities of Prejmer and Lunca Calnicului. Ochi was going to obtain undue benefits as well as electoral capital ahead of the 2012 parliamentary election where he was elected as a member of the lower Chamber. In addition, ‘in order to give it an appearance of legality and justify the settlement and payment of works’, ‘a formal public procurement procedure’ was devised and, instigated’ by Ion Ochi, ‘the tender evaluation commission declared the businessman’s company the winner with a maximum score, although the tender submitted was never actually analysed’, DNA prosecutors claims.

The damage caused to CJ Brasov in the case, according to DNA, is RON 2,507,444.



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