JUSTICE

Prosecutors seize Craiova mayor’s wealth and former Energy minister Constantin Nita

The National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) informed on Monday that prosecutors had seized the money in the bank accounts held by the mayor of Craiova Social Democrat Olguta Vasilescu (photo). The seizure aims to recover RON 902,000.

The anti-corruption body argues that the sum is reported to the offenses that the mayor is charged with- three crimes of using authority or influence to obtain money or other undue benefits, four crimes of bribe taking and two crimes of money laundering.

At the same time, prosecutors seized money and buildings belonging to other defendants in this file, Radu Cosmin Preda, Craiova’s public administrator and Elena Daniela Popescu, representative of an NGO, up to RON 568,291.

The mayor of Craiova city, Social Democrat vice-president Lia Olguta Vasilescu was taken into custody by the anti-corruption prosecutors on March 30.

Olguta Vasilescu was heard at DNA on Monday, confirming while leaving that her wealth had been seized. “There is no such thing. I don’t have a house or a car, this is the situation,” the mayor said.

When she arrived at DNA, she had stated that Monday “it is PSD’s day”. “If it’s Monday, it’s PSD day. I heard people were queuing today to enter hearings and I hope they didn’t get too much and something was left for me, too,” she ironically commented.

Also, former Energy minister, currently PSD MP, Constantin Nita was also heard on Monday in the file where he is investigated under judicial control for influence peddling.

No later than three days ago, ex-minister Nita also saw part of his wealth seized. The seizure was made on goods in amounts of EUR 30,000 and RON 300,000 which Constantin Nita is accused of having received illegally.

Prosecutors accuse Constantin Nita of influence peddling. He allegedly asked a businessman for a 5% commission of a contract with a city hall. He allegedly received some of the money, EUR 30,000 from the businessman in a Lebanese restaurant. Also, through a fictitious agreement concluded in 2013, the representatives of the businessman had paid a firm indicated by Constantin Nita the amount of RON 300,000 in the period May 2013-June 2014, prosecutors say.

The money was used for expenditures of the county party organization, upon Constantin Nita’s request (Social-democratic Party – PSD – our note).

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