Senator Dan Sova under criminal investigation in new case

The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) informs on Wednesday that the prosecutors have requested the start of the criminal investigation of Social Democratic Party (PSD) Senator and former Minister for Infrastructure Projects of National Interest and Foreign Investment Dan Sova, representative of a law firm at the time, for two counts of complicity to abuse of office if the official has received for himself or for others undue benefits, in a new case.

Mihai Balan, General Director of CET Govora and Constantin Lepadat, Economic Director of CET Govora are also investigated in the case, for two counts of abuse of office if undue benefit was received for self or for another.

“Between 2006 and 2008, Dan Sova prompted Mihai Balan and Constantin Lepadat to conclude two contracts for legal assistance according to terms imposed by him, in breach of office duties and of legal provisions on public procurement in force at the time. Specifically, on March 1, 2006 and March 19, 2008, SC CET Govora concluded with the Law Firm Sova and Associates two distinct legal assistance/consultation/representation contracts with paying success fees amounting to 667,409.20 euros and respectively 1,822,928.24 lei”, a DNA statement informs, according to Agerpres.

According to DNA, the two distinct contracts were concluded despite the fact that SC CET Govora had previously concluded a framework legal assistance contract that was still valid and had the same object, with the same law firm, Sova and Associates.

Prosecutors claim that these activities have caused SC CET Govora a damage of over 667,000 euros and over 1,8 million lei and have created an undue benefit in favour of Law Firm Sova and Associates.

In another case, the jurist senators have drafted a report for the approval of the request for the detainment and pre-trial arrest of Senator Sova.
The committee report is advisory and is due to be forwarded to the Standing Bureau in order to be introduced on the agenda of the Senate’s plenary session next Wednesday.
DNA chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi, notified the Prosecutor General to ask Senate Chairman to approve the detainment and pre-trial arrest of Dan Sova.

According to DNA, October 2011 – July 2014, Dan Sova received a total 100,000 euros from a denouncer, in return for peddling his real influence with CET Govora SA Director General Mihai Balan, for the latter to ensure the conclusion of legal assistance contracts with a certain law firm, for a monthly subscription set at 10,000 euros.

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