The Supreme Magistracy Council’s (CSM) Section for Prosecutors decided on Monday to suspend from office DNA Ploiesti prosecutors Lucian Onea and Mircea Negulescu, after the Prosecutor General’s Office decided to investigate them while remanded under judicial control, for misleading judicial bodies and complicity to unjust repression. The two are accused of coercing former House lawmaker Vlad Cosma to falsely draft a notification under a different name, featuring lists of voters from the Republic of Moldova that allegedly received money as “electoral bribe.”
According to the decision adopted by CSM’s Section for Prosecutors on Monday, the two prosecutors are suspended from office starting on July 27.
On Friday, the Prosecutor General’s Office announced that prosecutors have started a criminal probe against former DNA prosecutor Mircea Negulescu, for complicity to misleading judicial bodies and complicity to unjust repression, in the dossier in which former DNA Ploiesti Chief Lucian Onea is also investigated. The two are accused of coercing former House lawmaker Vlad Cosma to falsely draft a notification under a different name, featuring lists of voters from the Republic of Moldova that allegedly received money as “electoral bribe.” Likewise, the Prosecutor’s Office announced that both ex-prosecutors have been remanded under judicial control.
Former prosecutor Mircea Negulescu is criminally prosecuted for improper participation, in the form of complicity, to the misleading of judicial bodies, and complicity to unjust repression.
“In 2015, defendants Onea Lucian (chief prosecutor within the Ploiesti Territorial Branch of the National Anticorruption Directorate) and Negulescu Mircea (prosecutor within the Prosecutor’s Office attached to the Ploiesti Court of Appeals at the time) coerced a witness (by directly threatening him that they would indict his sister in a criminal case) to falsely draft a notification, under a different name, and tables/lists of voters from the Republic of Moldova, documents that would show that the said voters received money as “electoral bribe.” The documents were sent by fax and post from Chisinau to the Ploiesti Territorial Branch of the National Anticorruption Directorate,” the Supreme Court’s Prosecutor’s Office points out.
According to prosecutors, even though he knew the evidence was “deceitfully concocted” by the witness, prosecutor Onea asked the Prahova Tribunal to place a defendant under pre-trial arrest for the crime of corrupting voters, presenting the concocted documents as evidence.
In this case, prosecutors ordered on Friday that both Mircea Negulescu and former head of DNA Ploiesti Lucian Onea be remanded under 60-day judicial control.
The two ex-prosecutors face several restrictions, not being allowed to contact each other and certain persons named in the ordinances, to exercise their profession as prosecutors, to own, use and bear arms.
The Prosecutor’s Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice informed last Wednesday that prosecutors from the Criminal Prosecution and Criminology Section ordered the start of the criminal probe against ex-prosecutor Onea Lucian, for improper involvement, in the form of complicity, to the misleading of judicial bodies, unjust repression, and abusive investigation.
Subsequently, the DNA announced that Acting Chief Prosecutor Anca Jurma ordered an audit at the Directorate’s Ploiesti Territorial Branch, after the Prosecutor General’s Office announced it is investigating Lucian Onea. All dossiers in which members of the Cosma family are involved will be audited, as well as the measures taken in those dossiers by former chief prosecutor Onea since 18 May 2018.