Arad CJ Chairman Nicolae Iotcu, placed under 30-day arrest

The Timis Court decided on Saturday evening to place Arad County Council Chairman Nicolae Iotcu under 30-day arrest, evz.ro informs. Iotcu is investigated for influence peddling.

Iotcu was taken to the detention centre of the Timis Police.

The Chairman of the Arad County Council (CJ) was detained on Friday evening for 24 hours by the prosecutors of DNA Timisoara, after he was caught red-handed when receiving a bribe from a businessman.

“According to prosecutors, in 2012 defendant Iotcu Petru Nicolae, as Chairman of the Arad County Council, asked the administrator of a company for the sum of EUR 40,000 in exchange for exercising his influence within the tender organized by the Arad County Council for the preferential awarding of a public procurement contract concerning “the leasing of medical equipment for Arad County’s Emergency Hospital,” a contract worth EUR 1.6 M.

Thus, defendant Iotcu Petru Nicolae influenced civil servant subordinates to come up with a preferential tender book and established the commission meant to assess the bids filed, influencing the members of the commission in order for them to select the aforementioned company as the winner of the tender.

As a consequence of the influence exerted, the contract was won in October 2014 by an association made up by two companies, one of them being the aforementioned one.

On July 22 this year, defendant Iotcu Petru Nicolae received from the administrator of that company, through a middleman, the sum of RON 35,000, the difference up to EUR 40,000 set to be received in several instalments.

On July 24, prosecutors caught Iotcu Petru Nicolae red-handed when receiving EUR 10,000 from the middleman, the sum representing a new instalment.  The money was found on him,” a National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) communiqué shows.

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