National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors searched the Suceava County Council on Thursday morning as part of a probe into corruption crimes committed in 2003-2015. Thus, 12 searches were conducted in Bucharest and the Suceava, Botosani and Iasi counties. Suceava County Council employees, including chairman Catalin-Ioan Nechifor (PSD), are directly involved in the case.
Likewise, searches also took place at the Suceava County’s Directorate for Roads and Bridges, the Falticeni City Hall and the Drumuri si Poduri Suceava commercial company.
Anticorruption prosecutors claim that several companies allegedly bribed the chairman of the Suceava County Council in order to be illegally awarded contracts worth millions of RON, Digi24 informs. Moreover, in some cases the leadership of the Suceava County Council initiated and promoted during county council meetings decisions meant to justify payments that were sometimes 3 times higher than the value of the services offered.
Moreover, PSD Senator Ovidiu Dontu is also allegedly involved in the case, being suspected of passive bribery in exchange of intervening in favour of a company directly interested in winning a contract. Ovidiu Dontu is one of the main promoters of the changes brought to the Penal Code and the Penal Procedure Code, changes that are currently debated in Parliament.
Likewise, the name of National Audiovisual Council (CNA) member Monica Gubernat, appointed within the CNA at PSD’s proposal, also appears in the case. According to prosecutors, the chairman of the Suceava County Council allegedly approached her in order to obtain the cancelling of a decision through which the license of a local TV station was suspended, Digi24 informs.
According to his wealth statement, Suceava County Council Chairman Catalin Nechifor has, since 2013, seven RON- and EUR-denominated bank accounts and deposits, three plots of land, two cars and one apartment, Mediafax informs. He is suspected of malfeasance in office and passive bribery. PSD MP Gavril Mirza, also targeted by the DNA investigation into the way the contracts were awarded, owns together with his wife two homes in Suceava and Cacica, inherited plots of land that total 7 hectares in Cacica and Cajvana and RON 207,448 in bank accounts. The Chairman of the Suceava County Council is suspected of malfeasance in office, passive bribery and influence peddling.