The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) has announced on Friday that it has laid seizure, up to the amount of EUR 15,096,000 on the assets owned by the five defendants investigated in the corruption file on the rehabilitation of some railway sections, including former Finance Minister Sebastian Vladescu (photo 1)and former Deputy Cristian Boureanu (photo 2), antena3.ro informs.
“The DNA Prosecutors – the Section for Combating Crime Assimilated to Corruption Offenses, in accordance with Article 249 of the Criminal Procedure Code and Article 20 of Law 78/2000, in view to repairing the damage caused by offenses and in order to guarantee the execution of the court expenses, have ordered precautionary measures up to the amount of EUR 15,096,000, and until now goods with worth EUR 2,139,807 have been seized (real estate worth EUR 1,973,134 and movable assets worth EUR 166,667 ) owned by the defendants Costea Mircea Ionuţ, Mititelu Mihaela, Dascălu Constantin, Boureanu Cristian and Vlădescu Sebastian,” a DNA release on Friday reads.
In early May, the DNA announced that former Finance minister Sebastian Vladescu is investigated under judicial control on bail, with the sum being set for EUR 1 million. The former minister is charged with bribe taking and influence peddling, and had a deadline of ten days to lodge the securities.
According to the anti-corruption prosecutors, during 2005-2014, Romanian officials and influential people allegedly received about EUR 20 M from a foreign company, based on some agreements, and in exchange for these sums of money the Romanians had to make sure the contracts are clinched and invoices are paid for the rehabilitation of some sections of the Bucharest-Constanta railway line. The Romanian side should also pay the overdue VAT fees for the rehabilitation of some other railway line that had been already made by the same company.
The modernization of the Bucharest-Constanta railway line (225 km) lasted six years and its costs mounted to over EUR 820 M.