Marian Vanghelie, the suspended mayor of Bucharest’s 5th District, was summoned on Thursday by National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors in a new malfeasance in office case.
He faces a criminal probe on two counts of malfeasance in office, after he illegally concluded two waste management contracts worth approximately RON 6.5 M for 147 streets, a DNA communiqué shows.
Marian Vanghelie was at the DNA on Thursday, where he was notified about his capacity in the lawsuit and the charges brought against him, namely two counts of malfeasance in office that resulted in the civil servant obtaining undue benefits for himself or for others. He is accused that on 14 May 2008, in his capacity as mayor and by breaking the legal provisions concerning public procurements, he signed two contracts covering a period of three months, with the option of extending them through addenda in case the alleged emergency invoked by the District 5 Mayoralty had not ended.
“So, malfeasance in office for two contracts [signed] in 2008, for a tender for three-month waste management. (…) It was agreed that they will call us, we will take the case file for study and formulate a position,” Vanghelie told reporters upon leaving the DNA offices.
He pointed out that he has not been remanded on conditional bail. “There is no conditional bail, so I think in the future things will be just as they are supposed to be,” Vanghelie said. Asked whether he will remain in the race for the District 5 Mayoralty, he answered affirmatively. “Why wouldn’t I remain in the race? Nothing frightens me,” Vanghelie stated. When a journalist opined that he has started the elections campaign on the wrong foot, bearing in mind his new case at the DNA and the fact that he was in hospital on Wednesday, Vanghelie answered: “It’s on the right foot, it’s positive, it’s forceful.” Asked what his health problems are, he answered that they are “normal, worldly.” Marian Vanghelie pointed out that when he stated, on his arrival at the DNA offices, that “you’re stupid unless you’re a suspect” he was talking about politicians.
Taken to University Hospital on Wednesday
Vanghelie was taken to University Hospital on Wednesday, by his own driver, after he had a kidney crisis, his lawyer stated in court. Marian Vanghelie’s health problem occurred right on the day in which he had to show up at the Bucharest Court for a new court hearing in the case in which he is accused of corruption. In court, his lawyer asked the magistrates to postpone the court hearing, arguing that Vanghelie was unable to show up because he was taken to hospital. The judges admitted the postponement request and set a new court hearing date (May 18).
Marian Vanghelie is remanded on conditional bail, being accused of malfeasance in office, passive bribery and money laundering.
The total damage caused to the District 5 budget stands at almost RON 3 M, according to prosecutors.