President Klaus Iohannis sent on Tuesday to Justice Minister Tudorel Toader a request for criminal prosecution of former minister Sebastian Vladescu.
“Romania’s President, Mr Klaus Iohannis, on April 24, sent the justice minister, a request for the criminal prosecution of Mr Vladescu Sebastian-Tudor Gheorghe, the former minister of public finance between August 2005 and April 2007, as well as December 2009 and September 2010, for mideeds that are the object of criminal case 89/P/2017 of the Public Prosecutor’s Office with the Supreme Court of Justice and Cassation – the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) – the Department Against Corruption-related Criminal Offences, for two accounts of bribery criminalised in Article 289 (1) of the Criminal Code corroborated with Articles 6 and 7(1) (a) of Law 78/2000, for the enforcement of Article 5 of the Criminal Code and Article 38 (1) in the Criminal Code; action will be taken accordingly, taking into account the request of the attorney general of the Public Prosecutor’s Office with the Supreme Court of Justice and Cassation, based on the provisions of Article 109 (2) in the Constitution of Romania, as republished, Law 115/1999 regarding ministerial responsibility, as republished, as subsequently amended and supplemented, and also taking into account Constitutional Court Decision 270/2008,” according to a statement released by the Presidential Administration.
On April 18, DNA chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi sent a case report to the attorney general in order to draw up a request for the criminal prosecution of Sebastian Vladescu.
In the same case, also undergoing criminal prosecution are former MPCristian Boureanu, charged with influence peddling; former employee of the Finance Ministry Mircea-Ionut Costea and Mihaela Mititelu, who was at the time a person close to the CN CFR management, both of them charged with influence peddling and being accessory to bribery, and Transport Ministry senior official Constantin Dascalu, for bribe taking.
The prosecutors claim that the criminal activity was carried out in two stages, the first one between 2005-2014, and the second one between 2009-2014.