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February 28, 2021

Anticorruption authority sends deputy Ludovic Orban to court

The National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) sent Liberal deputy Ludovic Orban to court under judicial restriction on charges of using influence to receive undue benefits, while holding the position of first vice-chairman of a political party.

According to a DNA release this Tuesday, on March 1 this year, Orban contacted a businessman of his acquaintance to ask funds for the election campaign this summer in which Orban was supposed to run for Bucharest mayor.

“On March 20, on the occasion of a new meeting, Orban specifically asked for 50,000 euros in cash from the businessman, therefore not resorting to a legal means of fundraising and also exceeding the cap set under the Law on the financing of political parties; Orban said he will have to hand the money to decision-makers with two television stations to promote his image, mentioning also that he needs the requested amount in one or two weeks,” the prosecutors allege.

DNA said that the businessman accepted to shell out the 50,000 euros having in view Ludovic Orban’s position with the political party and the possibility to use his influence in areas of interest for his business.

The case was sent for trial to the High Court of Cassation and Justice, with the proposal to maintain the preventive measure instructed in the case, specifically that of judicial restriction.

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