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April 22, 2021

Former PSD Senator Dan Sova gets 3 yrs’ jail sentence in CET Govora criminal file

Former Social-Democrat Senator Dan Sova was sentenced on Monday by the justices with the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ) to 3 years’ imprisonment for influence peddling in the CET Govora criminal case.

Moreover, the court decided an EUR 100,000 to be seized from Dan Sova and a lien to be kept on his belongings.

The decision is not final.

In the same file, the former manager of CET Govora Mihai Balan received a suspended 3-year jail sentence for continued abuse of office, with 4-year probation term. The court has admitted the civil action of CET Govora, through the Euro Insol SPRL judicial administrator and compelled Mihai Balan to paying RON 1,301,410.

The ruling is not final.

According to the DNA, in October 2011 – July 2014, Dan Sova demanded money and received a total of EUR 100,000 from a denouncer in exchange to trafficking his real influence he had over Mihai Balan, managing director of CET Govora SA at the time of the deeds, so that the latter would have inked certain juridical assistance contracts with a law firm as EUR 10,000 monthly subscription.

The investigators also say that Mihai Balan brought to CET Govora SA a damage worth over RON 1.3 million (the total amount of money paid monthly based on the two contracts), concomitantly with undue benefits in the same amount of money, by the law firm.

DNA specifies that in December 2011 – December 2012, the law firm monthly issued to CET Govora invoices for the juridical assistance activities. In the same period, Senator Dan Sova cashed from the law firm EUR 60,000.

In the second contractual period, Dan Sova received a commission worth EUR 40,000, the prosecutors say. The DNA mentions that the largest part of the money received was oriented directly to paying a debt from the purchase of a house in Bucharest from former Deputy Cristian Rizea.

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