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October 29, 2020

Clotilde Armand: PNL among those at fault for failure to recover damages in corruption cases

Clotilde Armand (USB) has accused PNL’s Alina Gorghiu of duplicity and says that the National Liberal Party (PNL) is among those mainly to blame for failure to recover damages in corruption cases, bearing in mind that the directors of the Romanian Tax Authority (ANAF) were appointed by PNL and by the former PDL.

“PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu affirms the need to recover damages in corruption cases. Ms. Gorghiu is exhibiting duplicity. Those mainly to blame for the failure to recover damages in corruption cases are the former heads of ANAF, who were appointed precisely by the component parties of the current PNL. Daniel Chitoiu, Sorin Blejnar and Gelu Stefan Diaconu were appointed by PNL or PDL,” Armand wrote on Monday in a Facebook posting.

Clotilde Armand (photo) points out that a court of first instance has sentenced Blejnar to 5 years in jail for tax evasion and the setting up of a crime ring, that Diaconu is being criminally probed for malfeasance in office and complicity because he did not recover damages in the Voiculescu case, and Chitoiu has dodged a criminal probe for the time being solely because Parliament, which is controlled by PNL and PSD, is currently refusing to approve the DNA request to lift his immunity.

“Thus, as good as the proposals included in PNL’s political platform may sound, citizens know that they cannot be implemented still by compromised and discredited politicians. The real solution for recovering damages in corruption cases consists of the fast activation of the newly-established National Agency for the Management of Seized Assets and of depoliticising ANAF. Parties such as PNL, PSD and PMP should not be allowed to continue to have a say on the recovery of damages caused by convicts who are members of precisely these parties,” the USB representative wrote.

PNL Co-President Alina Gorghiu had stated on Saturday that the hundreds of millions of Euros stolen from public funds should be transformed, after ANAF recovers them, into a national fund for the support of young entrepreneurs, because “Romania needs its youth here, at home.”

“The hundreds of millions of Euros stolen from the Romanian state have to be recovered by the Tax Authority and brought back into the public budget, through court orders. Once they re-enter state coffers, these funds should produce. The best thing we can do with them would be to create a national fund from which the state would offer grants for young people up to 30 years of age who want to open a business,” Alina Gorghiu wrote on Facebook on Saturday.

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