Criminal prosecution request against ex-FinMin Sebastian Vladescu, Okayed. Searches at Austria-based company

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President Klaus Iohannis has Okayed criminal prosecution request against former Finance minister Sebastian Vladescu, after the National Anti-corruption Directorate had asked for his investigation for two crimes of bribe taking.

Vladescu has been Finance minister during August 2005-April 2007 and during December 2009-September 2010.

The DNA file, registered in 2017, is related to the Constanta-Bucharest railway rehabilitation works. Prosecutors haven’t named the company that would have given the bribe. Public information point that the works have been carried out by a joint venture Swietelsky – Wiebe – Takenaka.

Last week, the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) sent to the Prosecutor General’s Office upon the High Court for Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) the case report in view of notifying the President of Romania on the request to start the prosecution against Sebastian Vladescu, Finance Minister at the date of the deeds, for two crimes of bribe taking,

According to the DNA release, the deeds are related to the concluding and execution of contracts to rehabilitate the railway Bucharest-Constanta and the collection of the VAT due for other works on the railway. During 2004-2014, Romanian officials and influential persons allegedly received, from a foreign company, about EUR 20 million in order to achieve the contracts and the payment of invoices due for the rehabilitation of railway sections on the Bucharest-Constanta line, and the payment of due VAT. The illegally collected money was a share of the value of each payment made by the Romanian state.

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Searches conducted in Austria to a company linked to Vladescu case

Austrian authorities conducted several searches to the offices of Swietelsky constructions company in Linz last week, within the investigation associated to the file of the former Finance minister Vladescu, reported.

The Swietelsky director, Adolf Scheuchenpflug, has confirmed it is an investigation run by the Austrian Direction for Financial Crime. The investigation targets some former employees of the company, who are suspected that they “have taken illegal actions” in assigning some public contracts in Romania several years ago, the company says.

Swietelsky Company is specialized in railway, road and civil constructions. The company has around 9,100 employees, and is dubbed as among the foremost companies in the Austrian construction industry. Construction output totalling 2,069 billion euros was achieved in the 2014/15 financial year.

The group is also present in Romania, through Swietelsky Construcţii Feroviare, also counting some several hundreds employees. The group also holds Drumserv Târgu Mureş in Romania and 50% of the Asfalt Dobrogea company, which commissioned the largest asphalt station in Romania in the industrial area of Ovidiu locality in Constanta in November 2008, following a EUR 5 M investment.

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