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June 22, 2021
JUSTICE

Premier Victor Ponta heard by anticorruption prosecutors

Premier Victor Ponta showed up at the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) on Thursday in order to be heard in the “Turceni-Rovinari” case in which he is criminally probed for three offences. Victor Ponta spent approximately ninety minutes at the DNA headquarters, stating on his way out that the hearings were civilized and that he answered all of the case prosecutor’s questions.
“I showed up as any regular citizen. I stated my point of view. The prosecutor asked me, I answered all questions. This is normal,” Victor Ponta pointed out.
The Premier added that he asked the investigators to split off from the “big case” the accusations that concern him in order for a court ruling to be given as fast as possible.
“A single thing was left, one that the prosecutor will probably inform you about. I made a request for my situation to be disjoined because it has nothing to do with the big case, in order for it to be resolved faster one way or the other. I believe it is my interest, the prosecutor’s office’s interest and the public opinion’s interest for the part that concerns me not to be left in the big case. If the prosecutor accepts then we will have a solution very quickly. I repeat, the talks were civilized and I stated the whole truth, everything I know,” Victor Ponta stated when leaving the DNA.
On his arrival at the DNA, Ponta had stated: “Since I’ve adopted the Fiscal Code now I can come and give statements too.”
Ponta previously showed up at the DNA for hearings in this case on August 19. On the same day the DNA announced that the prosecutors seized one of Victor Ponta’s apartments in order to cover the RON 51,321 damage that he allegedly caused by being an accessory to tax evasion. The damage was established through an audit performed as part of the “Turceni-Rovinari” case.
DNA prosecutors accuse Victor Ponta of forgery in private documents for issuing several invoices, without a legal basis, on the basis of a contract signed by his law firm and Dan Sova’s law firm. Investigators established that the Premier in fact did not perform any kind of professional activity in line with the collaboration convention he had signed with Sova.

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