Former MP Sebastian Ghita was summoned with warrant on Wednesday, by the prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) of Ploiesti, in the case known as the “Tony Blair” case, after he didn’t show up following the summons sent by prosecutors.
Former MP Sebastian Ghita was summoned by the DNA Ploiesti prosecutors in the Ponta-Blair case in which he is prosecuted for money laundry, being under judicial control in this case. The hearing was scheduled for 12.00, but the former MP didn’t show up, and only his lawyers went to DNA Ploiesti. Since he didn’t show up and because his lawyers couldn’t provide any information related to the reason for which he didn’t come to DNA, prosecutors issued a warrant on Sebastian Ghita’s name, who couldn’t be found anywhere on Wednesday.
According to the quoted sources, prosecutors don’t exclude the version that he left the country, although he is prohibited to leave Romania, being under judicial control.
In the file in which he was summoned, DNA Ploiesti prosecutors claim that, in order to nominate Sebastian Ghita as a candidate on the PSD lists, in an electoral college in which the party was sure that it will get the mandate for which it had a candidate, Victor Ponta has used his authority to obtain the confirmation of his proposal on the list of candidates. The confirmation of the proposal would have been made by Ponta to get undue benefits, namely the payment of the amount of EUR 220,000, needed for organizing a visit in Romania performed by a foreign political personality, former UK PM Tony Blair.
The amount of EUR 220,000 was obtained through intermediaries, from Ghita, according to DNA.
“Thus, it was aimed that, by mediating meetings along with the personality benefiting from international notoriety, Ponta Victor Viorel will gain electoral capital, given that in 2012, according to the electoral agenda, local and parliamentary elections were going to be held”, showed a press release issued by DNA.
According to DNA, to create the appearance that Tony Blair’s visit in Romania doesn’t take place at the party’s initiative, it was established that the entire activity will be organized through non-profit and apolitical organizations that should give the impression among the public that the meeting of the former UK PM with Victor Ponta was held at the initiative of the first one.
“To this end, Ponta Victor and Ghita Sebastian have requested to the representative of the non-profit organization to find a way through which the foreign politician will be called in Romania without being known that his visit takes place at the initiative of Ponta Victor Viorel, and the payment caused by organizing this event will be borne by Ghita Sebastian Aurelian through a trade company controlled through intermediaries. In this regard, to dissimulate the illegal origin of the amount of EUR 220,000, defendant Ponta Victor Viorel accepted, in connivance with defendant Ghita Sebastian Aurelian, to successively conclude two contracts”, was also shown in the DNA’s press release.