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July 31, 2021

Sebastian Ghita’s complaint against changes in his judiciary supervision rejected

A complaint filed by MP Sebastian Ghita against changes in the judiciary supervision ordered by prosecutors of the Ploiesti branch of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) to bar Ghita from exercising his post as MP and leaving Ploiesti City has been rejected, judiciary sources told Agerpres on Friday,

The sources say Ghita, who is subjected to a criminal investigation in a case that involves Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s brother-in-law Iulian Hertanu, filed the complaint again the corruption prosecutors’ decision to modify the terms of his court supervision with the central offices of DNA.

The higher prosecutor rejected the petition and informed the Ploiesti DNA about the decision.

The DNA prosecutors in charge with the Hertanu case on Wednesday extended their criminal investigation of Ghita to include additional counts of influence peddling, being an accomplice to the change of destination of European funds without a legal ground, continual money laundering, continual tax evasion, voter corruption and continual financial operations incompatible with his public office, besides support for an organised crime ring.

At the same time, the prosecutors changed the terms of Ghita’s release under court supervision recently prolonged to bar Ghita from carrying his official duties of MP, because the offences were committed in such capacity. He is also banned from leaving Ploiesti City without prior approval from the prosecutor.

The prosecutors also extended the lien placed on Ghita’s personal assets.


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