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December 4, 2020

Former Constitutional Court judge Toni Grebla indicted

The former justice with the Constitutional Court of Romania Toni Grebla was indicted by the prosecutors of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), a release by the DNA informed Agerpres on Wednesday.

According to the document, Grebla is charged with influence peddling (three counts, of which one in continued form), performing financial operations as acts of trade incompatible with his position to get undue benefits, forming a organized criminal group, and repeated false declarations (13 counts).

In the indictment, the prosecutors retained that from 2010 through 2015, Grebla – as senator (2010 – 2013) and justice of the Constitutional Court of Romania (2013 – 2015) – has asked for and received from a businessman the free use, servicing and insurance for a BMW 5 Series automobile, worth 56,070 euros equivalent.

Also, he allegedly received in the same period the free use of a telephone registered to a company, worth 24,648.11 lei; in November 2 2011 he received 1,200 lei; in October 2012 he received campaign materials for the Parliament elections, for sticking 20,000 posters and other campaign items worth 8,973.34 lei.

In exchange, according to prosecutors, Grebla has promised the said businessman he would intervene to and determine the public officers within the state-run national companies, ministries, central and local public authorities to fulfil and speed up certain under their job duties, so that the businessman’s firms obtained commercial contracts or other advantages.

According to the DNA, from 2008 through 2012, Grebla has received undue campaign benefits totaling 100,000 euros (50,000 euros per campaign) from the same businessman, and in 2009 – 2015 he received 481,276.42 lei from another influence buyer, of which 360,269.42 lei in investments (including for purchasing 80 ostriches) and 121,007 in wages expenditure for six employees.

Prosecutors also claim that in 2010 – 2015 Grebla has carried out activities specific to an associate (cashing dividends), administrator (representing a company) and managing director (financial operations such as acts of trade), thus breaching the laws on the incompatibility applicable to senators and Constitutional Court judges.

In 2008-2015, Grebla has omitted to declare, in his 13 statements of assets, that a relative donated to him 10,000 square meters of unincorporated land.

Prosecutors sent Grebla’s case to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (Romania’s Supreme Court) and asked the upholding of precautionary measures on defendants’ assets.

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