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DNA hears county council chair Frunzaverde in influence peddling case

Caras-Severin County Council Chairman Sorin Frunzaverde on Friday showed up at the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) to be heard in a case in which prosecutors started an investigation one day previously.

Frunzaverde made no press statements when he entered the DNA offices.

DNA prosecutors on Thursday conducted searches at Frunzaverde’s office in continuation of an investigation in a case in which Frunzaverde’s deputy Ionesie Ghiorghioni was placed under preventive detention for influence peddling.

“Prosecutors with the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), the department in charge with corruption-related offences are conducting searches in a criminal case that involves suspicions of corruption-like offences committed in 2014. On May 14, following a legal authorisation form the relevant t court, domiciliary visits were being conducted in three locations in Caras-Severin County, including the main offices of a public institution,” DNA reported in a press release on Thursday.

The searches related to the runoff presidential election of 2014 according to Spokesperson for the Caras-Severin County Council Camelia Susco.

At the end of the searches conducted at the headquarters of the County Council on Thursday, Frunzaverde said there is no way he could have pressured the mayors during the election campaign.

“I do not understand what crimes I could commit in the election. How could I influence the vote, not to mention the pressure on mayors? What kinds of pressure are we talking about here? How could I pressure them? By giving money? What money, since the county councils no longer earmark the funds for the mayor’s offices? In the first round, there were suspicions of me having not campaigning, and now they claim I did campaign in I do not know how manner … Twenty mayors defected from the PNL [PNL] to the PSD [Social Democratic Party]. So what pressure could I use? I campaigned normally, the same as always did,” said Frunzaverde, according to Agerpres.

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