Vicepresident of the National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices Lazar Iordache was remanded in custody for 30 days, after the Bucharest Tribunal (TB) admitted on Tuesday the request filed by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA). The decision is not final and can be appealed.
Prosecutors detained Iordache on Monday for bribery and buying influence, according to DNA. According to anticorruption prosecutors, during April-June 2016, Iordache promised to a high-ranking official in the Ministry of Health 5 percent of the amounts allocated by the ministry for the construction of a wastewater treatment plant and, respectively, purchasing medical equipment for two hospitals in Sapoca and Petrosani; after which on April 28 he paid the clerk 126,000 RON for signing the budget allocations for the two hospitals and for influencing the people in charge with the matter in the ministry.
“The amounts promised and paid by Iordache Lazar came from the very funds allocated by the Ministry of Health for the projects in the two hospitals – construction of a wastewater treatment plant, respectively, purchasing medical equipment,” the investigators stated.