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August 15, 2022

DNA sends Senator Sova to court in CET Govora case

Prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) have sent Senator Dan Sova, currently under house arrest, to court in an influence peddling case involving the Govora SA combined heat and power plant.

Also sent to court in the same case is Mihai Balan, the CET Govora SA general manager at the time the offences were committed, for continual abuse of office (two material acts).

In a press statement released on Tuesday, DNA says Dan Sova claimed amounts of money and received a total of 100,000 euros from a denouncer, in exchange for peddling his real influence with the CET Govora SA director general Mihai Balan, so that the latter would ensure the signing of a legal assistance contract with a certain law firm, a contract in the form of a monthly subscription, for 10,000 euros per month.

The prosecutors argue that by his action, Balan incurred a damage of more than 1.3 million lei on CET Govora SA (a total amount refunded monthly under the two contracts mentioned above), while also securing ill-gotten gains to the same amount by the law firm.

“Sova told the denouncer that he can secure a legal assistance contract with CET Govora SA in the form of monthly subscriptions in use back them, for a contract value of 10,000 euros a month. In exchange, Sova claimed 5,000 euros per contract month form the denouncer, which was half of the monthly value of the legal assistance contract that was to be concluded between CET Govora and that law firm. In December 2011, CET Govora, represented by defendant Balan as general manager, and the law firm concluded the legal assistance contract for a monthly fee of 10,000 euros per month. The contract was signed for one year and covered the judiciary actions entailed by litigations involving CET Govora,” DNA reports.

DNA also says that in the period December 2011 – December 2012, the law firm issued monthly invoices for the legal assistance activities conducted over December 2011 – December 2012.

In the same period, Sova collected from the law firm the total amount of 60,000 euros.

In the second contractual period, Sova cashed in commission fees of 40,000 euros in all.

DNA says the evidence provided indicates that the greatest share of the money received by Sova was directly steered toward settling a debt owed by Sova for the purchase of a building in Bucharest.

CET Govora is a civil party in the criminal case, claiming 1.3 million lei in damages.

The case was forwarded to the High Court of Cassation and Justice with a suggestion to keep in place the preventive and surety measures ordered in the case.

DNA prosecutors levied on a villa owned by Dan Sova, in the CET Govora file, based on which the Senator is presently kept in house arrest. According to judiciary sources quoted by Agerpres, the levy was placed on a villa in Bucharest.

The High Court of Cassation and Justice decided to release Senator Dan Sova from preventive arrest on Friday and to place him in house arrest.

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