Influential businessmen, ex-minister detained for money laundering and influence peddling in Microsoft file

Dorin Cocos, Nicolae Dumitru, Gheorghe Stefan and Gabriel Sandu have been taken under custody on remand for 24 hours.

Dorin Cocos (the ex-husband of PMP presidential candidate Elena Udrea) have been brought on Monday morning to the National Anti-corruption Direction (DNA) for hearings in the Microsoft case. After 14 hours of hearings he has been taken under custody on remand. Ex-Communications minister Gabriel Sandu has been heard for none hours in the same file, before being detained. Businessman Nicolae Dumitru, Niro group manager, owner of the Red Dragon commercial center and Piatra Neamt mayor, Gheorghe Stefan Pinalti have been also heard at DNA in the same case. Dumitru was detained late last night, why Stefan in the morning.

Dorin Cocos’ name was mentioned by various witnesses in this case. According to them, he would have been the intermediary of certain amounts of money for extending Microsoft licenses which further went to state officials. Nicolae Dumitru was also mentioned in various testimonies made by the witnesses involved in the Microsoft file as being the intermediary for bribing the ministers.

According to the anti-corruption prosecutors, businessman Nicolae asked and received USD 7.65 M from Fujitsu Siemens Computers to approach Serban Mihailescu, ex-chief of the Government General Secretariat and Dan Nica, former Communications minister to broker Microsoft licenses acquisitions. In his turn, Dorin Cocos has claimed USD 17.5 M for him, Gabriel Sandu and Gheorghe Stefan to help a certain company to get the licenses contract.

Dorin Cocos’ residence and office have been searched by the DNA prosecutors two weeks ago, though he was nowhere to be found at that moment. Afterwards, Cocos said he had been off to Dubai and that he was going to return to Romania.

After having been previously heard on October 20, ex-Communications minister Gabriel Sandu has been again summoned by the DNA prosecutors on Monday related to the same file. He made no statements when entering the DNA’s headquarters.

DNA prosecuted nine ex-ministers in this high-sounding corruption case – senators ?erban Mih?ilescu, Ecaterina Andronescu, MP Valerian Vreme, MEP Dan Nica, Daniel Funeriu, Alexandru Athanasaiu, Mihai T?n?sescu, Gabriel Sandu and Adriana ?ic?u. Prosecutors say that Government top officials, ministers and representatives of the companies involved in the Microsoft license project would have claimed USD 20 M out of USD 54 M paid by the Government for the project aimed at buying Microsoft licenses in schools.

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