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August 3, 2021

Supreme Court rules commencement of trial in Liviu Dragnea’s case

Magistrates of the High Court of Cassation and Justice decided to start the trial on merits regarding the case in which Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Liviu Dragnea is charged with instigation to abuse of office related to hiring two party members with the General Directorate for Social Work and Child Protection (DGASPC) in Teleorman County.

The supreme court has rejected the appeals submitted by Liviu Dragnea and his ex-wife Bombonica Prodana, after in October, another court rejected all the solicitation and defences formulated in this case. The judges have established then that the evidences and the criminal prosecution acts conducted by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors were legally administered, therefore the trial of the case can begin.

The decision is final.

Dragnea was sent to court by the DNA for committing, while being the President of the Teleorman County Council, the following offenses: instigation to abuse of office and incitement to false certification.

According to the DNA, Dragnea stepped in to allow two female employees of DGASPC in Teleorman to keep their positions with the institution and receive a salary, although he knew that they actually worked for the Teleorman PSD branch.

In the same case, other persons were sent to court, including the ex-wife of Dragnea, Bombonica Prodana, charged with committing abuse of office if the public clerk gained for himself or for others an undue advantage, who was at the time of the crime coordinator of the Complex of Services for Child and Family, and secretary chief within the DGASPC Teleorman.

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