Prosecutors order the change of charge, criminal probe of former Deputy PM Shhaideh

Anti-corruption prosecutors on Wednesday ordered the change of legal classification of offence and the commencement of a criminal probe of Sevil Shhaideh, at the time a senior official with the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration (MDRAP), in the Belina case.

Sevil Shhaideh, who is currently Premier Viorica Dancila’s advisor, left the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) headquarters after she was heard for approximately three hours.

She refused making any comments when arriving at and leaving the DNA headquarters.

Because of their involvement in this dossier, Development Minister Sevil Shhaideh and European Grants Minister Rovana Plumb resigned on 12 October 2017, during a PSD Executive Committee meeting.

Shhaideh was previously at the DNA on January 17, when the expertise carried out in this dossier was presented to her.

“This expertise has some objectives, we will analyse them. I can’t comment on the contents of this expertise. It’s a procedure, I’m obligated to show up at the DNA; I did, I picked up this expertise and I will comment on it,” the ex-Deputy Premier stated when leaving the DNA.

On 22 September 2017, the DNA announced that Deputy Premier Sevil Shhaideh is suspected of abuse of office, a guilty act allegedly committed while she was secretary of state within the Regional Development Ministry, in a dossier according to which, in 2013, through the concerted action of persons holding public offices, parts of the Belina Island and Pavel River Branch were illegally transferred from the ownership of the state to the ownership of the Teleorman County and the management of the Teleorman County Council, only for them to be illegally leased by a private company only a few days later.

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