DNA extends prosecution against PSD treasurer Mircea Draghici

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The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) has decided on Monday to extend the prosecution against Mircea Draghici, treasurer of the Social-Democratic Party (PSD) in regard to another offence of embezzlement.

A DNA release reads that the prosecutors of the Section for Combating Corruption have noted that, as treasurer of the party, with management and administration attributions of goods and money of the respective political party, the suspect has decided to take out of the party’s patrimony an luxury automobile (Mercedes Benz model GLE 350 Coupe) valued at RON 324,800, without cashing the money when making the deal.

The release reads that on July 10, 2017, the party, represented by the treasurer, bought the automobile and on July 18, 2017 the automobile was sold to a relative of the treasurer, however the car was not paid when sold. The money was paid only on August 23, 2018.

DNA prosecutors announced earlier this month in a press release that Draghici had been indicted for he would have taken EUR 380,000 from the state subsidies for PSD, that he allegedly utilized to pay a house, more precisely by concluding a rental agreement of a house.

Anti-corruption prosecutors argue that this rental contract was a fake just to allow Draghici to take advantage of the money from the subsidies for other purposes than the real ones, respectively for the partial payment of over two thirds of the house.

On February 12, the prosecutors requested the Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP) to submit a series of documents regarding the ways to establish and distribute the subsidies for political parties, to the PSD, as well as the control reports on the money spent by the social-democrats.

The DNA prosecutors have opened a file on the utilization of subsidies for parliamentary parties granted to PSD by the AEP and have requested more documents.

Sources say the documents refer to the subsidies granted to PSD in 2017 and the control reports on the utilization of the subsidies in 2017 and 2018.

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