DNA: Former PM Ponta, cleared of conflict of interest; other suspicions to be judged by Supreme Court

Spokesperson for the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) Livia Saplacan told AGERPRES on Friday that DNA prosecutors have cleared former Prime Minister Victor Ponta of conflict of interest in a court file and declined to rule on other offences not under DNA’s jurisdiction in the same case, in favour of the General Prosecution Service.

“It was decided on March 22 that three counts of conflict of interest with which Victor Ponta had been charged as a prime minister be dropped because the criminal investigation in this case was hampered by the Chamber of Deputies denying at a plenary session a request from prosecutors for Ponta’s investigation. On the other hand, it was also decided to disjoint from the case and decline jurisdiction in favour of the Supreme Court over other offences that fall out of DNA’s jurisdiction,” said Saplacan.

In June 2015, the Chamber of Deputies denied a request for the commencement of a criminal probe into conflict of interest allegedly perpetrated by Victor Ponta, back then Romania’s prime minister.

DNA argued that he appointed Dan Sova, minister for parliament and later on a minister-delegate dealing with infrastructure projects of national interests and foreign investment, as well as transport minister, having allegedly gotten ill-gotten gains and the right to free use of a motor vehicle.

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