Almost 170 files sent to court by anticorruption prosecutors have resulted in final convictions this year alone. And almost 500 persons have been convicted. They include political leaders, lawmakers, businessmen, magistrates and generals, Digi24 informs.
In the first six months of the year, courts have issued final convictions in 166 corruption cases. Most of the rulings were made in March, in 33 cases that involved 91 defendants. Most defendants (104) were convicted in May, in 31 lawsuits that started at the National Anticorruption Directorate’s (DNA) request.
Four lawmakers, one ex-minister, two county council chairmen, 12 mayors and six magistrates are among those who received final convictions in the first six months of the year.
The list includes PSD President Liviu Dragnea. The Supreme Court issued a final ruling in the Referendum Case in April. “The court partly annuls the appealed sentence and, in a retrial, hikes the main sentence ruled against defendant Dragnea Liviu Nicolae, from one year in prison to two years in prison,” the High Court ruled.
Former Agriculture Minister Stelian Fuia was also convicted at the end of June. The High Court decided to sentence him to three years in prison, executory sentence. On the same day, former Constanta County Council Chairman Nicusor Constantinescu was sentenced to five years in prison.
Four Bucharest Court magistrates have been sentenced to prison alongside businessmen Dan Adamescu. While the businessman was sentenced to four years and four months in prison, ex-judge Mircea Moldovan received the harshest sentence ruled against a magistrate and one of the harshest ruled in a corruption case – over 12 years in prison.
The first half of the year also brought about a final sentence in the case involving Mircea Basescu, the brother of Romania’s ex-president.
According to Laura Codruta Kovesi, the DNA is currently working on approximately 10,000 case files.
JusMin Raluca Pruna: DNA and ANABI will work in Triumf Hotel building
The National Agency for the Management of Seized Assets (ANABI) and the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) will both work in the Triumf Hotel building, Justice Minister Raluca Pruna announced on Sunday, pointing out that ANABI is operational and led by Cornel Calinescu, former director within the Justice Ministry.
“The National Agency for the Management of Seized Assets (ANABI) has a president, a board, which consists of representatives from each institution, the Justice Ministry, the Finance Ministry, prosecutor’s offices. We’ve had two meetings of this kind, we have nominated the Agency’s President. He is Mr. Cornel Calinesc, who was director within the Justice Ministry and one of the biggest anticorruption experts at government level,” Justice Minister Raluca Pruna stated, being quoted by News.ro.
Referring to the President of ANABI, Raluca Pruna also stated that he is a person who has 15 years of experience in this domain, a person that is also known at international level and who made possible, alongside Minister Cazanciuc, the adoption of this law in Parliament.
She added that she is now waiting for the Finance Ministry to nominate the Agency’s Vice President and that for the time being the new institution is headquartered on Valter Maracineanu Street, where it shares a building with the DNA.
“As you know, an emergency ordinance has been adopted, which establishes that the Triumf Hotel will be handed over to the National Anticorruption Directorate and to this Agency too. So the headquarters, in the medium to long-term, will be there, because investments are needed there, and for the moment we are sharing a different headquarters on Valter Maracineanu Street. I want to assure anyone that the Agency is operational, we are tallying the assets seized, so we are not registering any kind of delay,” Raluca Pruna said.
The Triumf Hotel has 98 rooms that can house 151 persons at the same time. It has a large restaurant on the ground floor, two tennis courts and a 60-seat garden.