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Anticorruption head Kovesi says convict denies all accusations against her

The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi says that Sandu Anghel, also known as Bercea Mondial has officially denied all his last year’s accusations against her.

Kovesi answered on Friday defendants’ questions before the Bucharest Court, in her libel case against Antena3 private TV station.

One of the questions was why she didn’t sue Sandu Anghel, who bragged in front of media about bribing her and Supreme Court Justice Livia Stanciu. Kovesi explained that Anghel subsequently withdrew his accusations and refused to formally denounce or sue her.

Anghel is currently serving a prison sentence of eight years and nine months in a separate case, for having stabbed his nephew in 2011. He made the aforementioned allegations while taken to a police van after a court hearing in 2014.

The Bucharest Court also heard on Friday former prosecutor Eugen Iacobescu, the first to work in Anghel’s case related to the pending libel lawsuit; Iacobescu was a defence witness, but his testimony disappointed Antena3’s counsel. He related that in 2011, the head of the Prosecutor’s Office of the Court of Appeals in Craiova took him out of Anghel’s case, but he added that Kovesi had no connection to the matter. She was the one who eventually rejected Iacob’s objection to the decision of his direct superior. Iacob admitted Kovesi has acted within the law.

The next hearing in Kovesi v Antena3 and others is scheduled on October 16, for judgment upon the merits.

DNA chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi sued in June 2014 Antena3 and journalists Mihai Gadea, Mugur Ciuvica, Bianca Nae, Radu Tudor and Razvan Savaliuc following allegations in a station’s broadcast on June 19 2014 that she had hushed an investigation on Anghel and Mircea Basescu, brother of then-President Traian Basescu. Kovesi claims that facts and false statements were mixed up during the talk show, seriously damaging her public image and human dignity.

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