ARD, the German public television, has broadcast an ample feature about PSD leader and Chamber of Deputies Speaker, Liviu Dragnea and about the corruption scandals he is involved in.
The feature presents the anti-government rally on August 10 and point at Liviu Dragnea as the one guilty for what is going on in Romania, hotnews.ro informs. The journalists have analysed the corruption scandals Dragnea is involved in and also the sentences received in court. The German journalists also present footage with the Belina Lake, which is included in one of the criminal files concerning the social-democrat leader.
“In the focus of criticism is Liviu Dragnea, the Parliament Speaker. He has a public position in Bucharest but at home, in the country, it seems he is filling his pockets without restraint,” the German journalists say.
The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) opened a file in May 2017, as ‘Romania Journal’ reported at the time, probing into the circumstances 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.
Also in April, DNA extended the investigation against Adrian Gâdea, former chairman of Teleorman County Council, being charged with abetment in abuse of office. The damage estimated by investigators amounted to over RON 3 million (almost EUR 650,000). Gadea is also prosecuted.
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, now is prosecuted.
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 was 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 public domain, so they could not be transferred to any county council by Gov’t resolution, not only by law.