Former minister Darius Valcov, accused of influence peddling, has been placed under house arrest by the High Court of Justice (ICCJ) on Wednesday. The decision can be attacked by anticorruption prosecutors.
Supreme Court judges decided to replace the preventive arrest measure with house arrest in Valcov’s case. The judges’ decision can be attacked by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA).
Former minister Darius Valcov is accused of influence peddling for intervening, while he was Slatina Mayor, in order to award contracts to a businessman who promised him 20 per cent of the sums obtained as a result. Valcov was placed under preventive arrest on April 2, the Supreme Court then extending the measure from April 25 to May 24.
DNA prosecutors asked the Supreme Court on April 7 to issue a new preventive arrest warrant for Darius Valcov, but their request was rejected. The measure was proposed by prosecutors after the Senate approved on April 1 the DNA’s request to approve the expansion of the criminal prosecution, the detention and preventive arrest of Darius Valcov on the basis of the new charges brought against him.
According to the prosecutors, from 2011 until the time he was detained Darius Valcov engaged in financial operations or commercial activities incompatible with the office of mayor, Senator and minister. Valcov used the information obtained by holding those offices to offer support to a cadastre company, an accounting company and a law firm that he owned but managed through middlemen.
Darius Valcov was the mayor of Slatina for two terms, from 2004 to 2012. From August 2014 to December 2014 he was Budget Minister and from December 2014 to March 20 this year he was Public Finance Minister.