Andrei Chiliman, the suspended Mayor of District 1, Bucharest, presented before the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICJ) on Wednesday, for the hearing of the prosecutors’ appeal against the magistrates’ decision of placing the mayor on probation last week.
When he arrived to the Court, Chiliman said Justice had to be allowed to do its job.
Chiliman was charged by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors with taking a considerable bribe from dedicated contracts. The same case concerns some of Chiliman’s close collaborators – Ioana Costescu, his private adviser, Vlad Moisescu, former treasurer of the National Liberal Party and Ion Brad, local councillor. In fact, all the persons concerned in the case, as well as other persons close to them, starting with Vlad Moisescu’s mother-in-law, were questioned by the anti-corruption prosecutors or ICCJ on Wednesday.
Flavia Ciocodei, the mother-in-law of the former PNL treasurer Vlad Moisescu, became known after the investigators discovery that she had lent to her own daughter the equivalent of 670 million euro. According to judicial sources, Flavia Ciocodei was summoned as a witness in the case where Vlad Moisescu is under investigation for influence peddling and setting up a criminal group.
The DNA prosecutors claim that the loan agreement is fictitious and that, in reality, it is Moisescu’s attempted justification of the money obtained from the bribes cashed with the help of Mayor Andrei Chiliman.
On Wednesday, after being in Court, Vlad Moisescu said that he had never received a penny of bribe and that, if the prosecutors had haled any evidence that he took bribe for influence peddling they would have shown it. In his case, the investigators clam that he would charge a ‘commission’ of 10 to 15% of the value of works contracts preferentially awarded to companies.
Self-suspension from PNL
District 1 Mayor Andrei Chiliman and Vlad Moisescu have suspended themselves from all positions they had in PNL and have informed the national leadership of the party about their decision. Andrei Chiliman was First Vie-president of PNL and co-President of PNL District 1. Vlad Moisescu was PNL Vice-President and Vice-President of the PNL Bucharest organisation.
The acting mayor of District one will be decided upon in a subsequent meeting. Andrei Chiliman and Vlad Moisescu, Ioana Costescu and Ion Brad are investigated into by DNA for setting up a criminal group. Initially, they were detained for 24 hours and then released.
Andrei Chiliman was detained on Thursday by DNA Ploiesti, together with Vlad Moisescu (former PNL treasurer), Ioana Costescu (the mayor’s private adviser) and Ion Brad (local councillors), whose arrest was also requested by the prosecutors.
According to DNA, beginning with 2004, after the local election, Vlad Moisescu took the initiative for setting up an organised criminal group also including Andrei Chiliman, Ioana Costescu and Ion Brad, whose purpose was the commission of corruption offences to generate commissions ranging from 10 to 15% of the price of the contracts preferentially awarded to companies.