The Senate Legal Committee issued on Tuesday a favorable report on the Justice Minister’s request to remand and place Social Democrat Senator Dan Sova under pre-trial detention.
The report passed by a vote of five to two and three abstentions. Of the 11 members of the Committee, only Senator Pataki Csaba of the Hungarian Democratic Union of Romania was absent and PSD Senator Ovidiu Dontu was replaced by Mihai Neacsu.
The result was announced by Senate Deputy Speaker Ioan Chelaru (PSD), who is also a member of the Legal Committee.
Dan Sova was heard by the Senate Legal Committee on Tuesday, after he had studied his file with his lawyer, Aurel Ciobanu, for 4 hours.
Sova left the Legal Committee accompanied by the lawyer and made no statements to the press.
The file addressed by the Legal Committee on Monday has approximately 3,000 pages and consists of seven volumes.
The Chairman of the Senate Legal Committee, Catalin Boboc, said on Monday that the report of the Legal Committee would be prepared and sent to the Standing Bureau on Tuesday. The Standing Bureau was then to decide that the vote would take place during the following plenary meeting.
‘On Tuesday we will prepare the report, after the vote, and will send it to the Standing Bureau. It will happen during the first plenary meeting, probably next Wednesday’, said Boboc.
The committee’s report is consultative and will be referred to the Standing Bureau to be entered on the agenda of the Senate plenary sitting next Wednesday.
DNA Chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi on Thursday called on the Prosecutor General to ask the Senate Speaker for permission to place Senator Dan Sova under pre-trial detention.
According to DNA, between October 2011 – July 2014, Dan Sova demanded and received 100,000 euros from a person that told on Sova, in exchange for Sova’s peddling his real influence with Mihai Balan, director general of the electricity and heat corporation CET Govora, so that Balan would secure the conclusion of a judicial assistance contact with a certain law firm in the form of monthly passes of 10,000 euros per month.
Mihai Balan was initially detained in the case for continual abuse of office (two counts), but subsequently, the Supreme Court of Justice and Cassation ordered that Balan be investigated under court supervision.