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April 11, 2021

Sebastian Ghita shows up at DNA to file record-level bond

MP Sebastian Ghita showed up at the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) office in Ploiesti on Monday, in order to file the EUR 13 M bond that prosecutors set in the case in which he is accused of several crimes, including blackmail, the use of classified information and active bribery, Agerpres informs.

When arriving at the DNA headquarters, the MP refused to answer the journalists’ questions on whether he paid the bond. On his way out however, he pointed out that every citizen has to respect the law and that he is convinced the DNA will issue an official communiqué in which it will point out whether the bond was paid. He added that he is not allowed to offer any details from his case file.

DNA Ploiesti prosecutors adopted the conditional bail and bond measures on March 31, after the Lower Chamber rejected the DNA’s requests to approve the legal custody and pre-trial arrest.

Initially, the bond should have been filed on April 6, however Ghita asked for the deadline to be extended until Monday.

“The defendant will file, by April 6, a bond worth RON 59,417,133 (representing 10 per cent of the assets and liquidities – with the exception of plots of land and buildings not audited – that the defendant declared in the latest wealth statement he filed at the Romanian Parliament’s Lower Chamber), or will form a security interest in personal or real property within the limit of the sum established, which will be placed at the disposal of the National Anticorruption Directorate, under the defendant’s name,” a DNA communiqué reads.

Prosecutors started their criminal probe against MP Sebastian Ghita for two counts of directly or indirectly using classified information or allowing unauthorized persons to access such information, two counts of active bribery, blackmail, purchasing of influence and driving without a licence.

Prosecutors Liviu Tudose and Aurelian Mihaila, former Interior Ministry Undersecretary of State Viorel Dosaru and former DGA Prahova Director Constantin Ispas are also investigated in this case. They are accused of giving the MP access to classified information from a case file, in order to hamper a criminal investigation, but also of protecting the interests of persons and companies under investigation.

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