National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors asked the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ), Romania’s Supreme Court) to place under 30-day arrest pending trial former MP Attila Marko; the measure should be taken in absentia, as the suspect is not currently in the country.
Marko is accused of aggravated office abuse for his own or others’ benefit, in his former capacity of state secretary at the Interethnic Relations Department of the General Secretariat of the Government, in a case against several officials of the National Agency for Property Restoration (ANRP).
The case is in the preliminary chamber procedure at the ICCJ, the DNA stated in a release to Agerpres on Tuesday. Marko and seven other people were indicted on April 9; they allegedly caused a prejudice of 84.5 million to the state budget.
DNA mentioned that Attila Marko has avoided the criminal investigation by leaving the country and thus could not be heard. The anticorruption prosecutors have asked the Chamber of Deputies to approve Marko’s arrest, a procedure required as long as he was a member of the lower chamber of the Parliament. This was no longer necessary, as he resigned from his deputy position on April 1, and the Chamber’s chairman acknowledged his resignation on April 16.
DNA also pointed out that the proceedings so far were carried out in the presence of the defendant’s designated counsellors, which granted his right to defence; moreover, one of Marko’s lawyers has been handed a digital version of all the investigation documents