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Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies, Dan Motreanu, under criminal investigation for influence peddling and money laundering

PNL Deputy Dan Motreanu, the Vice-President of the Chamber of Deputies, came on Thursday at the National Anti-Corruption Directorate, as he was summoned to be questioned in a file that includes charges for corruption offences. Legal sources say he was a suspect in former presidential adviser George Scutaru’s file.

 

PNL Deputy, suspect in Scutaru’s file

 

Dan Motreanu arrived to the headquarters of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) some time before 10 AM and made no comment at the entrance about the file he was summoned for or why he was called to make declarations.

 

Motreanu: I was informed of being a suspect

 

Vice Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies Dan Motreanu has stated, on Thursday, upon leaving the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) headquarters that he was informed regarding his naming as a suspect, but that prosecutors didn’t give him other details, a hearing being in order.

Asked if he will resign from his position as First Vice Chairman of the National Liberal Party, Motreanu said that he will discuss with the party leadership. “I will discuss with the party leadership and we will see after the next hearing and I will make a decision”.

According to legal sources, Dan Motreanu was called as a suspect in the file of former Presidential adviser George Scutaru.

Dan Motreanu is presently at his third term as a Deputy. He is a member of PNL since 1990.

At the beginning of April, George Scutaru was placed under probation in the file he was being prosecuted for complicity to bribe taking and money laundering, after having received EUR 170,000, part of the EUR 1 million bribe received by a local official.

According to the prosecutors of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate, in the year 2008, a person holding a top position in the local administration, the denounce maker in this case, demanded and received a bribe of approximately EUR 1 million from a person who had requested help in gaining possession over a few lots in the municipality of Buzau.

Of the received money, according to a previously made agreement, the denounce maker allegedly paid Scutaru, who was at that time Deputy and a member of the leading team of a party, the sum of EUR 170,000. “The provenience of the money and the way it was gained were precisely known by Scutaru George-Adrian”, prosecutors pointed out.

“The sum of EUR 170,000 received as cash by Scutaru George-Adrian from the denunciator, was dissimulated by the signing of advertising contracts and it was used in the electoral campaign of 2008”, prosecutors wrote in the ordinance that included the measure of probation.

According to legal sources, George Scutaru is investigated in a file that concerns Cristinel Bigiu, the suspended President of the County Council of Buzau. Bigiu is suspected that, during the time he was prefect of the Buzau County, he received bribe to intervene at other persons in leading position, in order to establish property rights in the case of some fields in the Municipality of Buzau.

In this file, the former Internal Affairs Minister Cristian David is accused of having received EUR 500,000 in 2008 in order to intervene at Cristinel Bigiu, at that time prefect of Buzau County, in order to establish property rights in the case of a 15 hectare-lot in the municipality.

Prosecutors showed that, in this case, trustee Adrian Mladin, acting in Cecilia Viorica Stirbulescu’s name, as claimer of the 15-hectare lot located in Buzau County, demanded the help of Valeriu Roger Nitescu, cabinet manager of Cristian David at the Ministry of the Internal Affairs at the time the offences were committed, in order to arrange a connection to Prefect Cristinel Bigiu, under the circumstances the claiming file was being delayed. At that time, Nitescu allegedly told David that he did not personally know the prefect, but that Cristian David could intervene for Bigiu.

George Scutaru, former leader of PNL Deputies, has been a journalist until 1998, when he became the advisor of ApR President Teodor Melescanu, a political group he joined. In 2001, Scutaru became  a PNL member, based on the fusion to ApR and in 2002, he gained the position of President of the PNL Buzau Territorial Political Bureau. Since 2010 and until this year, he had held three consecutive terms as Deputy and specialized in security after graduating the History Section of the Bucharest University.

In December 2014, George Scutaru was appointed Presidential adviser for national security by Klaus Iohannis.

On March 6, President Klaus Iohannis signed the decree releasing George Scutaru from his position as Presidential adviser for national security. The Head of the State declared at that time that Scutaru had resigned out of personal reasons.

 

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