Dan Andronic was heard on Thursday at the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), in the case on the presidential campaign of 2009, in which he is charged of perjury and favoring the perpetrator.
Prosecutors summoned Dan Andronic to be heard on Thursday, after they informed him on April 11 that he is a suspect in this case, because in September 2016, when he was heard in the case on the presidential campaign of 2009, he made false statements about the money received by his company for the political consultancy he performed during the election campaign, accrediting the idea that the defendants did not participate in committing the deeds of which they are accused, judicial sources stated.
National Anticorruption Directorate announced on April 11 that Dan Catalin Andronic, businessman and political consultant, was indicted for perjury and favoring the perpetrator.
Dan Andronic is suspected that he lied to the investigators on the significance of the amounts of money received by the company D.A. Communication media SRL, where he is an associate, from the companies managed by the defendant Giovanni-Mario Francesco, “trying to accredit the idea that the defendants didn’t participated in committing the deeds for which they were charged and that the amounts of money don’t have any connection with the political consultancy performed by the suspect during the electoral campaign”, according to DNA.
Elena Udrea, Ioana Basescu, President Traian Basescu’s older daughter, Gheorghe Nastasia, Victor Tarhon, Ioan Silviu Wagner, former General manager of Oil Terminal, and businessman Giovanni Mario Francesco, Ioana Basescu’s former concubine, are charged in the case on the presidential campaign of 2009.
“The link between the persons who illegally obtained money and the campaign-related services providers was carried out by the defendant Udrea Elena Gabriela. She led an informal campaign staff of one of the candidates, and from that position she coordinated both campaign service purchases, as well as the persons who acted as intermediaries for the payments made, so that the money amounts were reaching the supplying companies. The benefits coming from committing the offenses were obtained by concluding fictitious contracts with companies that actually performed services during the electoral campaign, namely street advertising, printing posters, advertisements in the media, making websites, monitoring the press, organizing shows and providing consulting services”, according to DNA prosecutors.
On April 24, Prosecution Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ) openeda criminal case on the presidential elections of 2009, making investigations in rem for the offenses of abuse of office and falsifying documents and electoral records.
The case was opened following the information revealed by journalist Dan Andronic, according to which “there are suspicions that certain public authorities and persons, other than those provided by the law, were involved in the electoral process of 2009”.
Dan Andronic wrote that Laura Codruta Kovesi and Florian Coldea are two of the persons who contributed to Traian Basescu’s victory in the presidential elections of 2009. Andronic stated that he called Gabriel Oprea at that time, and the latter told him to come at his home, because he needs him; he found there George Maior, Florian Coldea and laura Codruta Kovesi.
“I was blocked. The State was there! George Maior, the SRI Director, Florian Coldea, the SRI First Deputy Director, Lura Codruta Kovesi, the Attorney General of Romania, Gabriel Oprea, former Minister of Internal Affairs, and one more tall person whom I didn’t know, were in that office. The votes in Diaspora. As for this issue, Florian Coldea had important data and many numbers, but George Maior was also receiving information. I think that as long as I stayed there, Kovesi received at least two phone-calls to which she answered: “Yes, Mr. President”. Then she was leaving the room, continuing the conversation. Obviously, Kovesi was an important part of the group, I understood this from the manner in which she was having questions on the measures that can be taken. Laura Codruta Kovesi, George maior, Florian Coldea, Gabriel Oprea remained in that room… People who made Traian Basescu’s victory possible in 2009” Andronic wrote.
At that time, Gabriel Oprea said that the meeting mentioned by journalist Dan Andronic was only an invitation to dinner on the occasion of Neculai Ontanu’s name day.
Later, Oprea stated that the meeting in 2009 hadnt a political nature, being an “unofficial dinner”.
“I didn’t organize Mr. Ontanu’s name day. It was a dinner, we ate something, we watched TV. Of course, I congratulated Mr. Ontanu. It was an unofficial dinner. (…) It wasn’t something political, we ate something and we watched TV” Oprea said.
He mentioned that “it was a simple dinner and nothing more”, without saying if Florian Coldea also was there. Opera said only that he invited Dan Andronic, Anghel Iordanescu and Neculai Ontanu.
In reply, Dan Andronic wrote on Facebook that it wasn’t a dinner, especially since he didn’t know Ontanu so well, and that the discussions were held in the office.
“Laura Codruta Kovesi was at Gabriel Oprea’s home in the night of December 6-7, 2009. She was accompanied by her deputy from PG (Prosecutor General – e.n.). If Gabi Oprea says he wants to say the truth, he should do it. (…) There weren’t just the two of us in that house. Along with Maior, Coldea, Dancu, other persons also were there” Andronic stated.
Andronic after prosecutors heard him: I offered details on what happened at that meeting in December 2009, I named 9 or 12 persons who were there
Dan Andronic stated on Thursday, after he was heard for three hours at the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the Supreme Court, that he gave a statement as witness, presenting in detail what happened at the meeting that took place on the night of the presidential elections of 2009 and naming 9 to 12 persons who attended that meeting.
“I tried to be as exact, as precise as possible, to give as many details concerning the circumstances, the persons and other things I know, related to that night. I named from 9 to 12 persons,” Dan Andronic stated when leaving the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice (PICCJ).
Asked what evidence he has to prove the statements he made at the hearing, Dan Andronic said: “You’ll have to wait and see the prosecutors’ conclusion, I don’t want to run the investigation for them. (…) How should I know whether there is any picture or recording from that evening? I don’t know and even if I did, I wouldn’t tell you.”
Andronic pointed out he showed up at the Supreme Court’s Prosecutor’s Office as a witness and is trying to maintain this capacity.
“I’m not here in my capacity as journalist, I gave a witness’s statement and I don’t want to make any kind of comment, because it would mean exceeding the capacity I have. (…) I never said that an election rigging operation took place there. (…) I answered questions concerning the prosecutor’s subjects,” Dan Andronic added.