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March 4, 2021

Senator Antonescu exiting DNA headquarters: Neither me, nor my wife have committed slightest illegality

Senator Crin Antonescu of the National Liberal Party (PNL) said on Friday, upon exiting the headquarters of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Ploiesti Branch, that neither him nor his wife, MEP Adina Valean, have committed anything illegal, pointing out that the hearing was in connection with a denouncement made by Alina Petre.

“We had an absolutely normal meeting, within the legal parameters. (…) I have made public statements in respect to this situation, to the content of the denouncement, and I don’t feel like repeating them here. All I can say is that a normal thing happened. (…) Neither me nor my wife have ever committed the slightest illegality. That is clear,” said Antonescu.

Antonescu and his wife were summoned at the DNA Ploiesti to be heard as witnesses in connection with the purchase of an undervalued flat from the son of former Director of the Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI) Virgil Magureanu.

Magureanu’s former daughter-in-law, Alina Petre, filed a denouncement with the DNA, claiming that Antonescu and his wife, MEP Adina Valean, bought a luxury flat for half the market price, with the difference being paid by the Romprest public sanitation company, by purchasing an overvalued flat in the same building.

Alina Petre allegedly mentioned in the denouncement that in exchange for this favour, Antonescu was supposed to ensure an extension in the business contracts between Romprest and Bucharest Sector 1 City Hall headed by PNL’s Andrei Chiliman.

Sources say there are suspicions that, in fact, businessman Dragos Dobrescu, also mentioned in the same case, paid the largest share of the price for the flat bought by the Antonescu-Valean couple.

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