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Kovesi on Belina case: It was opened in May 2017

Anti-corruption chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi has made the first statements related to Belina Island case on Monday. She said the file is “in a preliminary stage” and that it has been opened in May 2017, and not in 2014 as rumored.

Anti-corruption prosecutors are investigating the way 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.

The National Anti-corruption Directorate is doing its job. The file is in a preliminary stage. The people investigated in the case can bring evidence to their favour. We have been investigating other ministers as well in the past years. It’s no news to us,” Kovesi told an interview to Europa FM.

She explained that case has been opened in 2017, not in 2014, as it has been rumored in the public space. “A confusion has been made: the file is not from 2014. It is from May 2017. We have made the first documents and investigations in the first 4-5 months. Information was available in the mass media in 2014. We can be notified from the media. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that everything in the media is true. But we can check,” the DNA head stated.

Deputy PM Sevil Shhaideh and minister of European Funds Rovana Plumb are criminally prosecuted for abuse of office in the Belina file.

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