A new hearing in Victor Ponta’s case took place at the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) on Thursday, February 11. Judges have decided to postpone the debates in the “Turceni-Rovinari” case for March 18, Agerpres informs.
At the first hearing on the merits, Victor Ponta did not show up in court since he was abroad. He was represented by a lawyer who asked for the trial to be postponed, arguing that he has to study the case file since the former Premier just recently hired him.
Also at this hearing, one of Oltenia Energy Holding’s legal advisors filed a document that modifies the sum for which the institution became a joint plaintiff in the case, without revealing it.
On the other hand, the court hearing prosecutor asked for the conditional bail measure adopted against Dan Sova to be maintained, while Sova’s lawyer did not oppose the request.
Former Premier Victor Ponta was arraigned by the DNA for forgery of private documents (17 counts), complicity to tax evasion (recurrent) and money laundering. The crimes were allegedly committed by Ponta in his capacity as lawyer and legal representative of the “Ponta Victor-Viorel” Private Legal Practice.
Senator Dan Sova, coordinating lawyer of the “Sova and Associates” Law Firm, Laurentiu Ciurel, CEO of the Rovinari Energy Holding at the time, Dumitru Cristea, CEO of the Turceni Energy Holding at the time, and Octavian Laurentiu Graure, CFO of the Turceni Energy Holding at the time, have also been arraigned.
Prosecutors claim that Victor Ponta obtained from the “Sova and Associates” Law Firm, through his private legal practice, from October 2007 to December 2008, over RON 181,000 for alleged collaboration activities that in reality were not carried out.