National Environment Guard deputy chief arrested in bribery case

Marius Barbulescu, former Environment Guard commissary was arrested by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) on Wednesday on a charge of receiving bribe from a businessman. More specifically, Barbulescu allegedly received construction materials and wood worth RON 50,228 from Gheorghe Deaconeasa, the manager of various companies and foundations who was seeking control over forests in the Voineasa area where he was planning to develop a ski resort.

DNA Pitesti ordered the arrest of Ioan Marius Barbulescu, general commissary of the National Environment Guard (GNM) in 2009, 2011 and 2012, Director of the Directorate General for the Control of Biodiversity and Protected Areas in GNM (2010), currently Deputy Director General of the National Environment Guard, for continuous influence peddling (8 instances) and bribery.

Apart from him, Gheorghe Deaconeasa was also arrested for buying influence, bribery and violation of the regime of weapons and ammunitions.

Barbulescu and Deaconeasa were taken before the Arges Tribunal with a proposal for 30 days of preventive arrest, on Thursday.

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