The Bacau Court of Appeals (CA) upheld on Friday the request of National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors to place former minister of internal affairs Gabriel Berca under preventive arrest for 30 days.
Berca’s lawyer Alexandru Pruteanu said he would challenge CA’s decision, which is due to be judged next week by the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ, Romania’s Supreme Court).
DNA informed on Thursday that the prosecutors had apprehended Gabriel Berca for influence peddling in his former position of senator.
According to a press release sent to Agerpres by the DNA, between April 2010 – January 2012, the former minister has requested and received 185,000 euros from a businessman, through an intermediary. The sum, which he received in several instalments, was both for personal benefit and for that of the political party he was a member of, in return for peddling the influence he had as senator and chairman of the Bacau branch of his political party to influence government members to allocate funds to a municipality in Bacau County.