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May 8, 2021

Conflict of interest count separated from indictment of PM Ponta

Prosecutors with the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) have separated a count of conflict of interests from their recent indictment of Prime Minister Victor Ponta, because it also implicates more persons whose investigation is not complete, judiciary sources told Agerpres on Friday.

The sources say the separation was made in order to continue the investigation of the circumstances of the commission of the alleged offences that implicates other persons as well.
Early this June, Parliament rejected DNA chief’s request for the commencement of the prosecution of Prime Minister Victor Ponta for three counts of conflict of interest.
The National Abticorruption Directorate on Thursday announced that Prime Minister Victor Ponta was sent to court in a Rovinari-Turceni criminal file for forgery of private documents (17 offenses), complicity to continued tax evasion and money laundering, in his capacity as lawyer and legal representative of the ‘Ponta Victor-Viorel individual law firm’.
In the criminal file are also indicted senator Dan Sova, coordinating lawyer of the ‘Sova and Associatii’ Civil Society of Lawyers, under judiciary control; Laurentiu Ciurel, at the date of the deeds in his capacity of general manager of SC Complexul Energetic Rovinari Company; Dumitru Cristea, at the date of the facts general director of the Complexul Energetic Turceni; and Octavian Laurentiu Graure, at the date of the facts economic director of the Complexul Energetic Turceni.

Judge recuses herself for incompatibility in PM Ponta case

Judge Cristina Rotaru with the High Court of Justice and Cassation to whom the case of Prime Minister Victor Ponta was distributed, has filed a recusal request on incompatibility grounds.

The recusal was sustained and the case will be randomly distributed to another judge.

“It hereby sustains the recusal request as it has established the incompatibility and, ruling that Mrs judge will not take part in judging the case under court file 3407/1/2015 of the High Court of Justice and Cassation,” reads the court’s decision.

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