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September 26, 2020

Colectiv nightclub fire: Military anticorruption prosecutors seize Emergency Situations Inspectorate documents

The military prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) are seizing on Friday documents of the Emergency Situations Inspectorate (ISU) in the case opened following the Colectiv nightclub fire that killed 32 people and injured over 150 in Bucharest last Friday.

They mentioned that the prosecutors target aspects relating the checks made on fire prevention, namely whether the legal controlling instructions and the methodology were observed.

The DNA’s Service for corruption acts perpetrated by the military was automatically notified of the crime of abuse of position by military staff of Bucharest-Ilfov ISU.

“There are clues and data that the right to live and the bodily integrity of more than 180 persons was harmed and the managers of the Colectiv club made undue gains consisting in allowing its functioning outside the legal framework and in obtaining patrimony revenues from the activities conducted under such circumstances”, the DNA said in a release.

DNA investigates how mayor Piedone issued the licence for Club Colectiv

The National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) announced on Thursday that it investigates the manner Mayor of District 4 Bucharest, Cristian Popescu-Piedone issued the operating licence for the space that had hosted the former Club Colectiv.

The file was registered after the High Court Prosecutors’ Office declined competence on part of the file.
“On November 5, 2015, DNA registered a criminal file, due to the split of part of the file and declining competence concerning aspects regarding the manner Mayor of District 4 Bucharest, Cristian Popescu-Piedone issued the operating licence for the space located in Bucharest, at 7 Tabacarilor Street (the space that had hosted the former Club Colectiv)”, announces the response of DNA, sent to Agerpres this Thursday.

Previously, the mentioned source has announced, quoting legal sources, that the Prosecutors’ Office at the High Court of Cassation and Justice has transmitted to DNA on Thursday the case concerning the manner the Mayoralty of District 4 has issued the operating licence for Club Colectiv and, as a result of their declination, a file was registered at DNA for abuse of office.

DNA’s Deputy Chief-Prosecutor Marius Iacob said the case opened by DNA on Thursday regarding the Colectiv tragedy concerned, among other people, the former Mayor of District 4, Cristian Popescu Piedone. The prosecutor said that in the case there were suspicions that corruption-assimilated offences were committed and that both district local authority workers and Mayor Cristian Popescu Piedone were concerned in the case.
There are indications that offences assimilated to corruption were perpetrated in connection with the circumstances in which the authorisation was issued to the Colectiv club’.
The DNA official also noted that representatives of his institution had gone to the High Court Prosecutor’s Office from where they took several documents on the activity of the local administration. Asked if the investigation might be expanded to include civil servants from other institutions, Marius Iacob said ‘today we will decide on the investigation plan’.

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