Former Deputy Premier Gabriel Oprea, criminally prosecuted in second case:“I consider myself innocent”

The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) is asking for a second approval for the criminal prosecution of former Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea in the case concerning the former DIPI Director. The former Deputy Premier is also prosecuted in the criminal case that concerns the use of official motorcades.

“In line with legal and constitutional provisions, the chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate has sent to the General Prosecutor of the High Court of Justice the case referral, in order to notify the Senate for the formulation of the request to carry out the criminal prosecution against Romanian Senator Oprea Gabriel, Deputy Prime Minister for National Security and Interior Minister at the time of the crime, for malfeasance in office which resulted in undue benefits for the civil servant or for another person,” the DNA communiqué reads.

“The DNA request concerns the fact that Oprea, as Interior Minister and credit release authority, with the help of suspects Nicolae Gheorghe, secretary of state within the Intelligence and Internal Protection Department, and Pavel Gabriel-Nicolae, head of the legal service, “ordered the hiking, by RON 410,000, of the funds to be used for that police structure’s operating expenses and approved the procurement of an Audi A8 auto vehicle for the avowed purpose of ensuring the protection of dignitaries. This was done in violation of the of the legal provisions that limit the procurement of auto vehicles with the operating funds of the Interior Ministry strictly for the activities of prosecuting corruption crimes,” the DNA adds.

Thus, the state budget incurred a damage of RON 410,000.

The UNPR President reacted on Wednesday after DNA prosecutors once again asked for the lifting of his immunity. He considers himself “innocent” and believes that “the suspicion invoked is groundless.”

“I took note of the DNA communiqué and about the suspicion invoked today by prosecutors. I know no other details about this case apart from the ones publicly revealed by the DNA and I will not make further comments on the alleged crimes. I consider myself innocent and I consider that the suspicion invoked is groundless. However, it is the magistrates’ duty to clarify this aspect, so that the truth would come to light. Just as before, I will respond to DNA’s requests and will contribute with all information and details requested of me. In order to solve this case, I will use all constitutional and legal means at my disposal,” Oprea said in a communiqué.

In early February, the Senate decided to lift his immunity in order for the prosecution to start in the case concerning the use of official motorcades, a case in which Oprea is being prosecuted for malfeasance in office.

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