JUSTICE

Senator Dan Sova remains in custody

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) rejected on Monday Senator Dan Sova’s contest and thus the senator remains in custody in the case in which he is charged with influence peddling in connection with a legal assistance contract with CET Govora.

The ruling is final and Dan Sova will spend the winter holidays in the Bucharest Police arrest.

Dan Sova was arrested on December 15 and on December 22 his arrest warrant was extended by 30 days, and the latter decision was contested on Monday with the ICCJ.

According to the DNA, from October 2011 to July 2014, Dan Sova demanded money and received a total of 100,000 euros from a denouncing person in exchange for peddling his real influence with Director General of CET Govora Mihai Balan, so that the latter will make sure the signing of legal assistance contracts with a certain law firm, contracts of monthly subscription type, at a value of 10,000 euros per month.

“Specifically, Dan Sova told the denouncing person that he could ensure for them a legal assistance contract with CET Govora, of monthly subscription type, customary at the time, and the contract’s value will be in the amount of 10,000 euros per month. In exchange for this service, Sova demanded from denouncing person 5,000 euros per month during the execution of the contract, half of the monthly value of the future legal assistance contract that was to be concluded between Govora and the respective law firm,” prosecutors say.

Prosecutors have found that Mihai Balan signed two contracts with the law firm and, from January 2012 to August 2014, approved in the name of CET payments by breaching legal provisions and damaged the state company by over 1.3 million lei.

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