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August 8, 2022
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Former Interior Minister Gabriel Berca, detained by DNA on influence peddling charges

Former Interior Minister Gabriel Berca, detained on Thursday by prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) – the Bacau branch, was taken out of the DNA regional headquarters and moved to the holding center of the Bacau County Police Inspectorate.

Upon exiting the headquarters, Berca made no statements.

Berca is being investigated by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) for having allegedly demanded in 2012, via a third person, 180,000 euros in instalments to use his personal influence with members of the Government for the allocation of funds to a mayoralty, judicial sources have told Agerpres.

The sources say Berca, via Mihai Banu, back then an MP, demanded and received for self and his party more than 180,000 euros in several instalments.

They say he allegedly asked for the money so that he use his senatorial capacity and chairmanship of the Bacau county organisation of the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL) to use his personal influence with members of the Government for the allocation of funds to the Ardeoani mayoralty to pay for construction works worth nearly RON 5.6 million carried out by a company for the commune.

Berca was summoned on Thursday for hearings at the DNA Bacau. Also on Thursday, in the morning, businessman Viorel Rusu showed up for hearings at the DNA, Rusu being the informant in the Banu case.

 

 

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