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September 28, 2021

DNA Chief Prosecutor Kovesi on Black Cube investigation: I gave statements at the DIICOT as a witness, family members did not have their [email] accounts hacked, weren’t under surveillance

Chief prosecutor of the National Anticoruuption Directorate Laura Codruta Kovesi on Tuesday said that DIICOT prosecutors heard her as a witness in the case in which Israeli citizens are suspected of trying to intimidate her.

“Not all information that appeared in the public space is real, no member of my family had his [email] accounts hacked, no member of my family was under surveillance. For a day and a half my family and some friends received phone calls that tried to obtain certain information from them. There are persons whose emails were hacked but they have nothing to do with me. I don’t believe the surveillance targeted me personally,” Laura Codruta Kovesi stated in an interview for Europa FM.

At the same time, she said that the investigation will establish whether she was the target of surveillance.

“I gave statements at the DIICOT, as a witness. Members of my family were heard. My father too. We are not children, neither my family nor I. Nobody offered information. I’m sure DIICOT prosecutors will find out who that company’s client is. I have always respected the law, I fear absolutely nothing. I believe all these are concerted actions meant to attempt to intimidate the judiciary,” DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi added.

Two Israeli citizens – Weiner Ron and Geclowicz David – have been arrested in this case, being suspected of setting up a crime ring, illegally accessing an IT system, engaging in the unauthorised transfer of IT data, tampering with the integrity of the data and engaging in illegal operations with IT devices and programmes.

Weiner Ron allegedly received EUR 5,000 for this mission, according to judicial sources. According to the sources, the two Israelis received a list of eight persons they were tasked with keeping under surveillance, DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi and other persons close to her being on that list.

In the same case, DIICOT prosecutors have asked for the arrest, in absentia, of Yossi Barkshtein, the third person targeted by the investigation.


Investigation into Oprea’s use of official motorcades, almost finalised


DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi also stated, in her interview for Europa FM, that the case concerning the use of official motorcades, a case in which former Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea is accused of malfeasance in office, is almost finalised. Prosecutors are waiting for the Interior Ministry to forward its estimate on the damage caused.

“We are getting close to finalising it. Several other activities have been ordered and we are waiting for feedback from institutions and I hope that we will soon have a solution in this case. I am talking about calculating the damage, we prosecuted a felony of malfeasance in office in this case, which entails the existence of damage too. We are currently waiting for the Interior Ministry’s structures to calculate this damage (the damage incurred through the use of official motorcades – editor’s note),” Laura Codruta Kovesi stated.

“We depend on answers from other institutions. If those answers come soon our solution will come soon too. I know the answers hadn’t come yesterday, Monday,” Kovesi added.

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