Deputy Prime Minister Sevil Shhaideh is criminally prosecuted by the National Anti-corruption Directorate for abuse of office in a corruption file, with deeds referring to the time when she used to be secretary of state within the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration, DNA informed on Friday afternoon.
The file regards the illegal transfer of Belina Island and Pavel channel on the Danube River in the administration of the Teleorman County Council, run at that time by the SocDem chairman Liviu Dragnea.
Along with the deputy premier, former minister of Environment Rovana Plumb, currently minister delegate for European funds, is also prosecuted and other four civil servants working with the Land Register offices in Alexandria and Teleorman county.
Anti-corruption prosecutors say that in 2013, by “the concerted action of several public officials, parts of Belina Island and Pavel channel (streching on an area of 278.78 hectares and 45 hectares respectively), located on the Danube, have been illegally transferred from the state’s property in the one of the Teleorman county, under the management of the Teleorman County Council and few days alter, they have been illegally rented to a private company,
Sevil Shhaideh said on Friday, when leaving the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) offices, that she has been summoned to be informed she is suspect in a corruption file.
“I am a suspect. I cannot say more because it is ongoing criminal investigation. (…) I’ve been informed of being suspect. I have all the rights to be able to analyze, along with my lawyer, the documents and the charges brought against me,” the Deputy Prime Minister said upon leaving the offices of the National Anticorruption Directorate, stiri.tvr.ro informs.
Deputy Prime Minister Sevil Shhaideh arrived at the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) on Friday, summoned in a corruption file.
When entering the DNA offices, Shhaideh did not want to answer the journalists’ questions, or to say whether she has been summoned as a witness or suspect. She was accompanied by a lawyer.
Sevil Shhaideh was also heard lately as witness in several other files, including in the Teldrum file.
Social Democrat senator Paul Stanescu has stated that the situation of Deputy Prime Minister Sevil Shhaideh would be analysed by the Social Democrat Party on Monday, yet adding she had no reasons to resign, as she is under the benefit of doubt.
Previously in the day, the PSD deputy secretary general, Codrin Ştefănescu, said the DNA file is actually targeting the party’s chairman Liviu Dragnea. Moreover, he mentioned “sources” saying that the former Romanian Intelligence Service’s head, George Maior, currently Romania’s ambassador to the US, “is coordinating a plan to eliminate Liviu Dragnea, by using the last resources they have in the system”. Ștefănescu accused that George Maior wants to take over the PSD leadership.
DNA’s Kovesi asks Lower Chamber’s go-ahead to also prosecute ex-Environment minister Rovana Plumb
The chief prosecutor of the National Anti-corruption Directorate, Codruta Kovesi, has also asked on Friday the Chamber of Deputies (Romanian Parliament’s lower chamber) to give its go-ahead for the prosecution of former minister of Environment Rovana Plumb, currently minister delegate for European funds, in the same file related to Belina Island. DNA accuses Plumb of complicity to abuse of office if the public servant has obtained undue benefits.