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November 13, 2019

Senator Dan Sova to remain under arrest until February

Senator Sova will remain under arrest until February, after the High Court of Justice (ICCJ) approved the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors’ request. The decision is not final and Sova’s lawyers can file an appeal.

Senator Dan Sova is accused of influence peddling in relation to legal consultancy contracts signed by CET Govora.

Sova was placed under 20-day pre-trial arrest last week, after the High Court admitted DNA’s appeal against the decision to place him under house arrest. Sova had been placed under house arrest on December 4.

According to the DNA, from October 2011 to July 2014, Dan Sova claimed and received a total of EUR 100,000 from a denouncer, in exchange for peddling his real influence with CET Govora Director General Mihai Balan, in order for the latter to ensure the signing of a legal assistance contract with a certain law firm, a contract in the form of a monthly subscription of EUR 10,000.

Prosecutors found that Mihai Balan concluded two contracts with the law firm in question and, from January 2012 to August 2014, approved on behalf of CET the payments corresponding to those contracts, in violation of the legal provisions, a conduct that damaged the legal interests of the state-owned company by over RON 1.3 M.

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