On Wednesday, National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors indicted Lower Chamber MP Sebastian Ghita for two counts of active bribery, purchasing influence, money laundering, blackmail, two counts of using confidential information and driving without a licence.
The case file has been sent to the High Court of Justice, prosecutors pointing out in their report the way in which the lawmaker set up a crime ring in Prahova County, crime ring that allowed him to control key Police and Prosecutor’s Office officials.
Liviu Tudose, general prosecutor at the Ploiesti Court of Appeals’ Prosecutor’s Office at the time the offences were allegedly committed, was indicted for passive bribery and using confidential information; Viorel Dosaru, head of Prahova County Police Inspectorate at the time, was indicted for passive bribery, aiding the criminal, influence peddling and using confidential information; Constantin Ispas, police officer, and Aurelian Constantin, deputy general prosecutor at the Ploiesti Court of Appeals’ Prosecutor’s Office at the time, were indicted for abusive probing and using confidential information.
Prosecutors show that “from June 2013 to the spring of 2014, while a complex case in which tax evasion and money laundering crimes were being investigated was pending at the Ploiesti Court of Appeals’ Prosecutor’s Office, several of the persons concerned obtained confidential information, Ghita Sebastian Aurelian being among the beneficiaries of the information.”
The confidential information concerned the object of investigations targeting natural or legal persons, the surveillance measures ruled, the pre-trial measures that were about to be taken, the name of the prosecutor handling the case and of the police officers tasked with carrying out the investigation.
“Basically, using the influence he had and wielded in order to maintain or promote certain persons in public office, defendant Ghita Sebastian Aurelian asked defendants Tudose Liviu Mihail and Dosaru Viorel to give him confidential information from the case file,” the DNA prosecutors show.
The aforementioned source also states that in return for the confidential information he obtained, Sebastian Ghita promised to help Dosaru Viorel keep his position but also obtain other leadership positions too.