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Former PM Sorin Grindeanu, heard as witness by DNA in Belina file

Former Prime Minister, Sorin Grindeanu, was present on Tuesday at the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) offices for hearings, judicial sources claiming he is witness in Belina file.

When entering the offices, Grindeanu told the press he was summoned as witness.

Late in April 2018, the DNA prosecutors announced that the former Minister for Regional Development and ex-secretary of state in the same ministry, Sevil Shhaideh, has been indicted in the Belina file, under the charge of abuse of office. The investigation has been extended against Adrian Gadea, former chairman of the Teleorman County Council, with damages amounting to more than RON 3 million. He is charged with complicity to abuse of office and improper participation to abuse of office.

Ionela Stoian, director of the Regional Development Ministry at that time, was also indicted for abetment in abuse of office of the public servant has obtained undue benefits with extremely serious consequence, DNA further said.

According to prosecutors, in 2013, through the repeated action of several people holding public positions, parts of Belina Island and Pavel channel (stretching on an area of 278.78 ha and 45 ha respectively), located on the Danube low river bed, have been illegally transferred in the property of Teleorman County and under the administration of Teleorman County Council and just several days after, they were rented to a private company.

To perform the property transfer, a Government resolution has been adopted, yet by violating the law. As they were located on the Danube minor river bed, Belina Island and Pavel channel were part of the state’s public domain, so they could not be transferred to any county council by Gov’t resolution, but only by law.

The National Anti-corruption Directorate opened the case in May 2017, probing into the circumstances in which Belina Island and Pavel channel on the Danube river have been transferred from the “Romanian Waters” National Company to the Teleorman County Council and further on, to Tel Drum private company, controlled by people close to PSD chair Liviu Dragnea.

 

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