Ludovic Orban, PNL’s former candidate for the Bucharest City Hall, showed up at police precinct no.23 in Bucharest on Thursday morning, in line with the terms of the judiciary control ruled by National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors, the MP being accused of asking a businessman for a campaign contribution of EUR 50,000.
DNA prosecutors announced that Orban is investigated, while placed under judiciary control, for using his influence in order to obtain undue benefits, Orban having allegedly asked a businessman for EUR 50,000 for his elections campaign this summer.
“On March 1, defendant Ludovic Orban, first vice president of a political party, contacted a businessman he knew, asking for his financial support for the elections campaign for the local elections scheduled in the summer of 2016, elections in which Orban Ludovic is running for the office of Bucharest Mayor,” DNA prosecutors announced in a communiqué.
Subsequently, on March 20, Ludovic Orban allegedly asked the businessman for EUR 50,000 “pointing out that he will have to give the money to persons he named, persons who hold decision-making positions within two television channels, in order for them to promote the candidate’s image. Defendant Ludovic Orban pointed out that he needed the sum in approximately one or two weeks,” DNA pointed out.
According to the prosecutors, the businessman accepted paying Ludovic Orban the sum demanded, “bearing in mind the leadership position Ludovic Orban holds within a political party and his potential to intervene in domains of interest for the businesses controlled by this businessman.”
Following the DNA accusations, the MP announced he will pull out of the race for the Bucharest City Hall.
“I haven’t taken any money. For the time being, I haven’t let anyone down. The court decides whether a person is innocent or not. My career does not end here. I’m not playing around with my political life and public activity. As long as I’m involved in a criminal trial I cannot come before citizens asking for their votes. I am affected, in a way I feel wronged, but I’m not questioning in any way DNA’s activity,” the Liberal added.
Back then, Ludovic Orban also announced that he will resign from the leadership positions held within the Lower Chamber and the National Liberal Party (PNL).