DIICOT requests again for the approval of the Senate and of President Klaus Iohannis, in order to start the prosecution of former ministers of Economy Varujan Vosganian (photo, right) and Adriean Videanu (photo, left) in Romgaz-Interagro file, Mediafax reports.
The Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) on Monday requested the Prosecutor General of Romania to ask for the Senate’s approval for the prosecution of Varujan Vosganian, minister of Economy (December 2006 – December 2008), under the accusations of setting up an organized criminal group, abuse of office and embezzlement instigation.
In the case of Adriean Videanu, Minister of Economy (December 2008 – September 2010), the request would follow to reach the Head of State, through the Prosecutor General of Romania, DIICOT demanding the prosecution’s approval for the offenses of setting up an organized criminal group, abuse of office and embezzlement instigation.
According to DIICOT, Varujan Vosganian and Adriean Videanu, as ministers, approved, signed and supported in the Government a total of six orders and three memoranda.
The two former ministers aimed at supporting the financial interests of the criminal group constituted by businessman Ioan Niculae and used SNGN Romgaz, national unit of strategic interest, in the private interests of Niculae’s company, Interagro SA, results from the prosecutors’ report.
Thus, investigators claim that substantial commercial discounts at the supply of natural gas have been granted to Interagro, over the limits charged by SNGN Romgaz, as well as at the supply of natural gas from domestic production, without the legal provisions being respected and this while the company owned by businessman Ioan Niculae was registering historical debts in consumed gas payments.
Currently, Varujan Vosganian is PNL senator and Adriean Videanu is under arrest in another case, involving former DIICOT chief Alina Bica.
Businessman Ioan Niculae on Friday was heard at the DIICOT related to Romgaz-Interagro file, in which he is prosecuted alongside his close entourage, for incitement to abuse of office with serious consequences, seizure circumvention and money laundering. Former Minister of Economy Adriean Videanu is charged with abuse of office because he would have favored the businessman.