The case in which former Senator Vasile Blaga was indicted for influence peddling will be tried at the Bucharest Court, after the High Court of Justice (ICCJ) decided that it lacks the competence to try the case, bearing in mind that Blaga is no longer a member of Parliament.
At the court hearing on Tuesday, the argument invoked was that the High Court no longer has the material competence to try the case, since Vasile Blaga is no longer member of Parliament. Judges admitted the exception and sent the case to the Bucharest Court.
Former Senator Vasile Blaga was indicted by National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors on November 28, for influence peddling. The case was sent to the Supreme Court. Vasile Blaga’s mandate as senator ended in December.
“In 2011-2012, in his capacity as secretary general of a ruling party, defendant Blaga Vasile received from a company represented by defendant Berdila Horatiu Bruno the total sum of EUR 700,000, in four instalments, in return for him exercising his influence, through defendant Stefan Gheorghe (vice president of the same party), over a person who held consecutive leadership positions within two national companies, so that the two national companies would award contracts to the company represented by Berdila Horatiu Bruno. The total sum of EUR 700,000 was received through defendant Stefan Gheorghe (EUR 500,000), vice president of the party, and through another middleman (EUR 200,000),” DNA prosecutors pointed out in a press release.
DNA ordered the case disjoined against several persons, including Horatiu Berdila and Gheorghe Stefan, with the investigations set to continue in what concerns those mentioned.