President Iohannis green-lights prosecution of three former ministers

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President Klaus Iohannis has green lighted on Tuesday the prosecution request of former ministers Dan Nica, Adriana Ticau and Alexandru Athanasiu.

The National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) asked for the Romanian President’s go-ahead on November 23 to prosecute former ministers Dan Nica, Alexandru Athanasiu and Adriana Ticau for abuse of office in the Microsoft file.

DNA accuses Dan Nica that, as minister of Communications, initiated and endorsed several draft decisions that Okayed the commercial contract on the Microsoft licenses clinched between Romania’s Gov’t and Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH. He is charged with the violation of the legal framework in regard to public procurement.

Dan Nica, former minister of Communications during 2000-2004 is charged with abuse of office if the public servant obtained an undue benefit for himself or for others. Adriana Ticau, facing the same charge, was secretary of state in the Ministry of Communications during 2003-June 2004 and former minister of Communications during July-December 2004. Alexandru Athanasiu was former minister of Education.

The anti-corruption prosecutors argue that Fujitsu Siemens Computers was falsely declared the only distributor of these products in Romania so that the company should be favoured to avoid a public sale. Thus, through his activity, Nica would have damaged the state by USD 47,594,843.

The same goes for Adriana Ticau, with prosecutors saying she caused a damage of almost USD 67 million to the state budget.

As for Athanasiu, he is charged of breaking the public procurement provisions by initiating and endorsing a Gov’t decision in October 2004 Okaying the extension of the commercial contract with Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH. He would have caused a damage of about USD 19 M to the state budget.

 

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