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Senator Mircea Geoana reports to DNA in Vanghelie’s case

Romanian Social Party chairman, Senator Mircea Geoana,  has reported to the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) under court summons in a case that involved former Bucharest District 5 Mayor Marian Vanghelie.

Upon entering the DNA offices, Geoana said it was all about a procedural matter.

The former national leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) was heard on May 13 in connection with the same case. Back then, upon leaving the DNA offices, he said he was summoned to testify as witness.

‘I answered to the invitation to testify as a witness. Because it was about a criminal case that has not reached public stage, this is the only thing I can do right now,’ said Geoana upon leaving the DNA offices after testifying for nearly one hour.

Marian Vanghelie was placed in pre-trial detention in connection with accusations from DNA of office abuse, bribe taking and money laundering.

The DNA report that asked for Vanghelie’s preventive detention claims that the electoral headquarters of the PSD presidential candidate Mircea Geoana in the 2009 presidential election as well as the PSD Bucharest District 5 headquarters were refurbished on money taken as bribe by Vanghelie.

It is also alleged that part of the ?commission fee’ levied by the former mayor on businessman Dumitru Marin was paid in refurbishment works at Geoana’s electoral headquarters.

‘Other secondary ways used by Dumitru Marin to pay out ?the commission’ asked by Vanghelie Marian-Daniel are conducting or paying for the conduct of refurbishment and design works at commercial spaces used by a company controlled by Fashion Brand Management SRL (which associate defendant Niculae Mircea-Sorin was but that was in fact administered by suspect Niculescu-Mizil Stefanescu Oana, parliamentarian); conducting or paying for the conduct of refurbishment and design works at other locations, including the electoral headquarters of the PSD presidential candidate in the 2009 election, the Cotroceni PSD headquarters (a building on Obedenaru Street owned by CALEX BUSINESS GRUP SRL), the PSD District 5 headquarters in Bucharest City, offices at the Bucharest District 5 City Hall; collecting, for a fee, signatures needed for the registration of a candidate in the 2014 European elections; bearing restaurant expenses of defendant Vanghelie Marian-Daniel; the sponsoring by companies controlled by him of events held by the Bucharest District 5 City Hall (such as New Year’s Eve parties),’ prosecutors say in their report.

 

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