Bogdan Olteanu resigns from BNR deputy governor position amid corruption charges

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Bogdan Olteanu on Monday resigned from the position of deputy governor of the central bank (BNR). His move comes after he had been detained by the anti-corruption prosecutors and placed on house arrest by the Supreme Court. His lawyer confirmed the resignation.

Olteanu is charged with influence peddling, more precisely of receiving EUR 1 M from businessman Sorin Ovidiu Vintu in order to take steps for naming journalist Liviu Mihaiu as Governor of the Danube Delta.

As he was released Friday night from the arrest of the Bucharest Police, deputy governor of the National Bank of Romania (BNR) Bogdan Olteanu said this is a difficult and very sad time for him, underscoring that he seeks a fast acquittal in court so that he is able to resume normal life, Agerpres informs.

“It is a difficult, a sad moment, and a rough period which I hope to see soon coming to end. I want to be cleared as soon as possible to be able to resume a normal life. Until then, I will do what honor and respect for the institution I have been a part of require me to do, I will promptly submit my resignation from the National Bank management and will then argue my case in court,” Bogdan Olteanu said in a brief statement as he left police arrest.

“During July-November 2008, defendant Bogdan Olteanu, as Chamber of Deputies Speaker, claimed and received from a businessman EUR 1,000,000 and electoral support, i.e. marketing and consultancy, in exchange for making steps upon the Romanian Government members to appoint a certain person as the Danube Delta Governor. The money was handed by the businessman through an intermediary, at the offices of a political party. Subsequently, following Bodgan Olteanu intercession, the person was appointed on September 18, 2008 in the office of Danube Delta Governor, “ says the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA).

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