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October 27, 2020
JUSTICE POLITICS

MPs Madalin Voicu and Nicolae Paun, one step away from jail

The Lower Chamber’s Judiciary Commission issued a positive report on Monday on the National Anticorruption Directorate’s (DNA) request for the Lower Chamber to approve the detention and pre-trial arrest of MPs Madalin Voicu and Nicolae Paun.

The report is consultative and a final decision will be taken by the Lower Chamber’s plenum. The voting could take place on Wednesday.

The members of the Judiciary Commission decided to author two reports, one on the request to approve the detention and one on the request to approve the pre-trial arrest of the two MPs investigated by the DNA.

The report on Madalin Voicu’s detention was approved with 10 votes in favour and 9 against, while the report on his pre-trial arrest was approved with 10 votes in favour and 8 against.

The report on Nicolae Paun’s detention was approved with 13 votes in favour, 2 against and 3 abstentions, while the report on his pre-trial arrest was approved with 13 votes in favour, two against and three abstentions.

DNA prosecutors asked the Lower Chamber last Wednesday to approve the detention and pre-trial arrest of Madalin Voicu and Nicolae Paun. Madalin Voicu is accused by the DNA of influence peddling, misrepresentation and money laundering, all recurrent.
Nicolae Paun, President of the Roma Party, is accused, among others, of embezzlement, money laundering, purchasing influence, embezzlement of European funds, unlawful obtaining of European funds and influencing witnesses, all recurrent.

National Agency for Fiscal Administration (ANAF) President Gelu Stefan Diaconu and ANAF Vice President Mihai Vatasoiu are also prosecuted in this case.


Former ANAF President Gelu Diaconu accuses DNA of lying

Former ANAF President Gelu Diaconu is accusing the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) of lying because it informed the public opinion that ANAF became a joint plaintiff in the “Turceni-Rovinari” case in which former Premier Victor Ponta and PSD Senator Dan Sova were arraigned.

“I had decency. I was silent, although maybe that was a mistake, but I thought I shouldn’t get ANAF involved in scandals, when the DNA erroneously stated that ANAF had become a joint plaintiff in the Ponta-Sova case against Ponta. If it did it was certainly not with my signature, maybe some doorman from ANAF signed,” Diaconu stated in an interview for economica.net.
He also talked about Premier Dacian Ciolos.

“Mr. Ciolos was of good faith. In fact, the day before I received the subpoena we had a large discussion about ANAF’s priorities. In my talks with him, I invoked my resignation, a resignation I had with me, because my view differed from that of the Finance Ministry. I believed I could no longer be part of this formula. The Premier insisted on me continuing my activity. That is why I never imagined he would ever want to dismiss me because of that discussion. But the events of the next day followed, and the Prime Minister was put into an impossible situation. He had to dismiss me,” the former ANAF President stated.
According to the DNA, Gelu Diaconu and his former deputy Mihai Gogancea Vatasoiu are accused of favouring the perpetrator and malfeasance in office that resulted in undue benefits, in the case in which Madalin Voicu and Nicolae Paun are prosecuted.

Likewise, Gelu Diaconu stated that following his dismissal the Fiscal Administration would stand to suffer on the revenue collection side.

“I will emigrate to Congo if the Fiscal Service repeats in the following months the monthly revenue collection hikes registered in 2015,” Diaconu stated.

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