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February 5, 2023

President Iohannis submits to JusMin Toader request for criminal prosecution of former CommMin Vreme

President Klaus Iohannis on Friday submitted to Justice Minister Tudorel Toader a request for criminal prosecution of Vreme Valerian, a former communications and information technology minister, for abuse of office when the civil servant obtains ill-gotten gains for self or others, the Presidential Administration reports.

The Presidential Administration says the Prosecutor’s Office with the Supreme Court of Justice has been informed about the filing of the request.

Chief Prosecutor with the National Anti-Corruption Directorate Laura Codruta Kovesi on Wednesday asked that President Klaus Iohannis be notified so that Valerian Vreme may be stripped of immunity for criminal prosecution in connection with the offence of abuse of office.

According to a DNA statement released on Wednesday, Kovesi submitted to the Attorney General with the Supreme Court a report for Iohannis exercise his right to demand the criminal prosecution of Vreme, Million for an estimated 11 million euros in damage.

“Between September 2010 and February 2012, Vreme Valerian, in his capacity as minister of communications and information technology, in violation of the legal provisions on public procurement, concluded with D.Con-Net AG, the leader of an association of companies, a contract for the lease for 16 months and 13 days with a purchase option of non-exclusive rights for the use in schools of Microsoft software products. This happened despite the fact that Supply Framework Agreement 32 / August 12, 2009 did not allow the conclusion of such a subsequent contract,” DNA shows.

By doing so, the prosecutors say, the ministry sustained a damage of 11,291,793.99 euros, which became ill-gotten gains for D.Con-Net AG.

The request was accompanied by the report drawn up by the DNA prosecutors and four volumes of the criminal prosecution file.

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