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April 14, 2021

Romanian Gendarmerie’s head Bogdan Enescu, indicted for usurping his position

The head of the Romanian Gendarmerie, Bogdan Enescu, has been indicted by the prosecutors of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) in a case in which he is accused of usurping his position, DNA reported on Thursday.

According to a DNA release sent to AGERPRES, the military prosecutors with the National Anticorruption Directorate – the Service for carrying out criminal prosecution in cases related to corruption offenses committed by the military staff ordered the criminal investigation against Bogdan Enescu, colonel at the date of the deeds and at present inspector general of the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Gendarmerie, for committing the crime of usurpation of civil servant office and against Constantin Florea, brigadier general, at the time of the deeds general inspector of the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Gendarmerie and currently Chief Inspector of the Dolj County Gendarmerie Inspectorate, for the same crime (3 material documents).

In the same case, Ionut-Catalin Sindile is also prosecuted, colonel in reserve, at the date of the deeds general inspector of the General Inspectorate of the Romanian Gendarmerie, former commander of the “Mihai Viteazul” Application School for Officers of the Romanian Gendarmerie, for committing the crime of usurping his civil servant position.

The prosecutors note in the ordinances that the three allegedly collected, during 2020, money rights in the total amount of 79,852 lei representing overtime, without any legal justification based on any provision of the hierarchical superior and without any reason to justify the operative of unforeseen character of the activities unfolded.

I am not considering resigning

Bogdan Enescu, stated, on Thursday, upon exiting the headquarters of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA), that he is not considering resigning.

“I am not considering this aspect because it’s not imposed in this case,” said Enescu, asked about a possible resignation from the helm of the Gendarmerie.

He said that investigations are ongoing and “light will be shed” on this case.

“I discussed with the case prosecutor. The investigations into the case continue and light will be shed. I wish light would be shed on this case, because it’s not a beneficial situation neither from a personal point of view, nor an institutional point of view. I will cooperate, both institutionally, and personally so light can be shed in this case. I have no intention of hiding the truth or to hide other situations that may lead to the clarification in this case,” Enescu mentioned, according to Agerpres.

In regards to the accusations that the Gendarmerie was used as a “taxi”, he replied that it was an isolated case.

Judiciary sources mentioned for AGERPRES that Bogdan Enescu was called to the DNA to be presented with accusations regarding the unjust claiming of sums of money for hundreds of hours of overtime.

According to the quoted sources, he is accused of usurping official qualities and obtaining undue goods.

Judiciary sources also mentioned that Colonel Ionut Catalin Sindile and General Constantin Florea, both former heads of the Gendarmerie, were also called to the DNA headquarters.

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