Ex-Interior minister Gabriel Oprea, investigated in new file for abuse of office

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The Supreme Court is investigating new charges of abuse of office against former deputy PM and ex-Interior minister, Gabriel Oprea. The case comes after a former secretary general of the Interior Ministry, Mihai Sova, had filed a complaint against an ordinance that dropped criminal charges in this file.

The Supreme Court thus admits Mihai Sova’s complaint against the ordinance no 539/P/2016 from September 22, 2017 of the Prosecutor’s Office upon the High Court of Cassation and Justice. It abolishes the appealed ordinance and sends the case to the Prosecutor’s Office upon the High Court of Cassation and Justice to complete the criminal investigation for abuse of office, abetment in forgery and abetment in abuse of office. “The prosecutor must investigate the aspects that Mihai Sova brought to attention related to Gabriel Oprea’s alleged involvement in issuing a report to the Department of Information and Internal Protection (DIPI) from January 2015 and a report of the National Register’s Office of State Secret Information,” says the supreme court.

Mihai Sova’s complaint has been filed on January 18 to the High Court of Cassation and Justice.

Gabriel Oprea is also investigated in a file probing into unjustified expenses of the DIPI (the Interior ministry’s intelligence service) and also by DNA for manslaughter in the file of policeman Bogdan Gigina, who died during a mission while his motorcycle was accompanying minister Oprea’s motorcade in Bucharest in October 2015.

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