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December 1, 2020
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CET Govora case: Prosecution wants Dan Sova convicted for influence peddling; court ruling postponed for September 25

Sova: For the past two years, I’ve been experiencing a state of perpetual consternation. I think I’ll write a book about what I’ve experienced

 

On Tuesday, the prosecution asked that Dan Sova be convicted for influence peddling, that EUR 100,000 be confiscated from him and that the distraint upon property be upheld in the CET Govora dossier. The court ruling in this case has been postponed for September 25. Judge Ana Maria Dascalu, whose decision to retire prompted the start of a retrial in the dossiers of Liviu Dragnea and Calin Popescu Tariceanu, was part of the panel of judges.

As an argument in favour of the prosecution’s request, the prosecutor stated that Sova directly asked the denouncer for EUR 5,000 per month in exchange for his intercession with CEO Mihai Balan, in order for the latter to sign a legal consultancy contract with the denouncer’s law firm. Sova received a total of EUR 100,000.

The prosecutor deemed that influence peddling is “an offence with anticipated and instantaneous consummation” and that Sova’s defence is refuted by the evidence. The prosecutor noted that Sova claims he met Balan only once, while Balan claims there were two meetings, and that the witnesses brought forward by Dan Sova worked for him as drivers, their testimony not being relevant as a result.

“The defendant benefited from monthly payments until July 2014. The offence was consummated in 2011, but ended in 2014. The defendant did not challenge the signing of the contracts, but claims legal provisions were observed. However, he confirmed he lacked the approval of the General Assembly of Shareholders. We deem that the defendant’s behaviour falls under the sphere of criminal illegality,” the prosecutor said, deeming that these elements demand that Sova be convicted for influence peddling and a complementary punishment.

The period of detention, pre-trial arrest and house arrest will be subtracted from the main sentence.

The prosecutor also asked for the special confiscation of EUR 100,000 and the upholding of the distraint upon property.

In the case of former CET Govora CEO Mihai Balan, the prosecution asked that he be convicted for abuse of office and be forced to pay RON 1.3 million in civil damages to CET Govora.

Dan Sova was indicted in January in the CET Govora case, being accused of having taken a EUR 100,000 bribe to make sure CET Govora signed a contract with a law firm.

Former CET Govora CEO Mihai Balan was indicted alongside Sova, for influence peddling and abuse of office.

According to DNA prosecutors, from October 2011 to July 2014, Dan Sova demanded and received from the denouncer a total of EUR 100,000, in exchange for using the influence he had over CET Govora CEO Mihai Balan so that the company would sign legal consultancy contracts with a certain law firm, contracts for monthly subscriptions costing EUR 10,000 per month.

In the indictment, the prosecution notes that, as a result of Dan Sova’s intercession with Mihai Balan, the latter signed – in December 2011 and May 2013 – two consultancy contracts with the law firm represented by the denouncer and approved (in January-October 2012 and June 2013 – August 2014), on behalf of CET Govora, the payments carried out on the basis of the two documents, thus breaking legal provisions and the company’s internal regulations.

The DNA also points out that these contracts were not justified, since CET Govora had a legal department employing six jurists, and the dossiers it handled did not call for assistance from a law firm.

Dan Sova, in court: For the past two years, I’ve been experiencing a state of perpetual consternation. I think I’ll write a book about what I’ve experienced

Dan Sova stated on Tuesday, at the Supreme Court, at the latest court date in the CET Govora case in which the prosecution asked that he be convicted for influence peddling, that for him this dossier was one of the harshest life lessons, that his career and life have been irreparably destroyed, that he experiences perpetual consternation and that he will probably write a book about this period, reiterating that he did not commit the crimes he is accused of.

“For me, this dossier has been one of the harshest life lessons. I’ve seen what is the statute of an indicted person in Romania. I’ve experienced an exclusion from society since 2015,” Sova stated in court, adding that had he committed the crime “there would have been far easier ways that could have been resolved via criminal procedure at the prosecutor’s office.”

He claimed he did not choose the easy procedure because he is not guilty.

“These baseless accusations have irreparably destroyed my life and career, because the suspicion that hovers over me is insurmountable in today’s society. For the past two years, I’ve been experiencing perpetual consternation in what concerns this entire display of forces. I’m not a criminal lawyer but I know how to read a dossier. How can you possibly take such a dossier to court? I believe I’ll write a book about what I’ve experienced these years. The entire injustice, the entire non-juridical,” Sova added.

 

 

 

 

 

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