Senator Mircea Geoana was heard at the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) on Wednesday afternoon. The former Senate Speaker and presidential candidate arrived there with a lawyer. Geoana came out from the hearings after almost an hour, pointing out that he was there as a witness in the case concerning Bucharest District 5 Mayor Marian Vanghelie, who is currently under preventive arrest.
“I cannot tell you more because this is an ongoing case,” the Senator pointed out.
Mircea Geoana was heard as a witness in February in the “Bribe at PSD” case in which final sentences were given on April 2. Thus, Gheorghe Bunea Stancu was given a final and executory sentence of 3 years in jail and Ioan Niculae was given a sentence of 2 years and 6 months in jail.
Bunea Stanciu, former chairman of the Braila County Council, was accused of using his influence, as leader of PSD’s Braila branch, over Ioan Niculae in order to obtain EUR 1 M from him, money that would have been used in Mircea Geoana’s presidential campaign in 2009. Nevertheless, the Senator stated on the same day that he had nothing to do with this whole affair.
“I was a witness in this trial, both in the court of first instance, where the solution was the acquittal, as well as in the second stage, at the Court of Appeals, and it is extremely obvious that a presidential candidate and a party leader does not handle the financing and that there is no element that would link any of my gestures, actions or interventions to the financing of the 2009 campaign,” former foreign minister Mircea Geoana stated back then.
Likewise, he emphasized that he is not acquainted with Ioan Niculae so he could not have sent someone over to him in order to obtain funds for the campaign. Viorel Hrebenciuc, currently placed under house arrest in the illegal forest restitution case, had stated in court that Mircea Geoana was up-to-date with the way the campaign was being financed and that he was in fact the one who had sent him to Ioan Niculae. The former presidential candidate denied these allegations.