A new pair of surprise candidates for Bucharest city halls: Adrian Severin and Marian Vanghelie
Former MEP Adrian Severin (photo 1) would reportedly run for Bucharest City Hall, supported by former District 5 mayor Marian Vanghelie (photo 2), under the banner of Social Justice Party (PDS), while the latter would run for a new term in District 5, PDS sources say.
The sources said the suspended mayor of District 5, Marian Vanghelie, wants to support former PSD MEP Adrian Severin for the city hall, and that Vanghelie would offer him a leading position within his party.
Former MEP Adrian Severin might hold the position of Executive President of the National Council of PDS, the sources said. He has reportedly requested Marian Vanghelie that PDS candidates for district mayors to be ‘left-wing people’.
Marian Vanghelie could apply for the District 5 City Hall on Monday, as the deadline for submitting the electoral candidacies expires on Tuesday, April 26.
District 5 suspended mayor Marian Vanghelie is investigated under judicial control in the corruption file where is charged with bribe taking, abuse of office and money laundering. He has served jail sentence since March to July last year, when he was placed under house arrest. Marian Vanghelie was arrested on March 14. On April 6, the former mayor of District 5 has been suspended from office.
Vanghelie was indicted by DNA also in July, in the file in which he is accused of abuse of office, bribery and money laundering offenses being committed by favoring certain companies of businessman Marin Dumitru in awarding contracts.
The former Social Democrat district mayor is charged with an enormous bribe taking – EUR 90 million – for supporting firms owned by businessman Marin Dumitru to be awarded public works contracts by the District 5 Municipality.
As for ex-MEP Adrian Severin, he is investigated for complicity to money laundering in a file targeting an illegal offset case involving two of his advisors during his MEP term. Prosecutors ordered distraint on his accounts and on his salary last summer.
The case is related to a study on relations between NATO and EU conducted by Romanian experts. Prosecutors says that during March 2007-November 2010 Adrian Severin concluded 20 consultancy contracts, on his behalf or as representative of the political group that he belonged to in the European Parliament, with several companies especially set up to justify these fictional contract for services, consisting of studies’ drafting.
During the same period, two of Severin’s advisers, Anne Rose Marie Juganaru and Leontin Abraham acted in the view of dissimulating the illegal origin of the money derived from fraudulent expense accounts from the European Parliament’s budget. More precisely, RON 586, 350 have been gradually transferred to a foundation by signing fictional contracts related to staff training.
Adrian Severin said the money has never got to him and that they were discounted from the EP budget based on legal documents.
Apparently this new case relates to the previous one targeting the former Social Democrat MEP. On September 11, 2013, Severin was sent to court under the charge of bribery and influence peddling after he would have agreed to receive EUR 100,000 in exchange of his endorsing and tabling amendments in EP special committees in the benefit of some alleged companies.