Anti-corruption prosecutors started in-rem criminal prosecution in a file probing into some Progressive members spending the party’s money. Several searches have been conducted in this case in December, judicial sources revealed to Mediafax.
The National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) asked for the documents attesting the foundation of Solidarity fund in 2010 by UNPR to support the people affected by the financial crisis. The prosecutors also checked the final destination of the money in this account.
The National Union for Romania’s Progress (UNPR) led by former deputy premier and ex-Interior minister Gabriel Oprea mentioned it had given DNA all the requested papers.
“At that time, UNPR launched an invitation to politicians, MPs, businessmen to make donations in that account. People from the party’s leadership also made donations out of their personal incomes. Subsequently, the Finance Ministry also opened a solidarity fund having the same purpose- to counter the effects of the economic crisis. UNPR deposited all the money raised in his account to the bank account set up by the Finance Ministry on October 12, 2010, “ reads a press release issued by UNPR.
The judicial sources did not reveal what crimes is the anti-corruption body investigating in this case and if there are any UNPR members targeted. Hearings are however in sight.