Ex-minister Gabriel Sandu, put on trial for defrauding the Romanian Post

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Gabriel Sandu, former minister of Communications during the Democrat Liberal government, has been sent to court by the anti-corruption prosecutors in a file related to defrauding the Romanian Post.

According to the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), Sandu is charged with complicity to abuse of office and with obtaining undue benefits, and influence peddling.

A former secretary of state of the Communications Ministry, Marius Constantin Fecioru, former director of the Romanian Post at that time, Dumitru Daniel Neagoe were also sent to court, along with the former head of the Procurement department within the Post national company, Victor Simon and other six defendants and three private companies.

More precisely, former minister Sandu is accused of Okaying the acquisition of „Meter Net” project for a overrated price. The project envisaged the purchase of franking machines and an application to collect and report the data on processed correspondence.

Prosecutors say the prejudice mounts to EUR 5 million.

In 2016, the High Court of Cassation and Justice sentenced Gabriel Sandu to three years in prison in the Microsoft file. Businessmen Dorin Cocos and Nicolae Dumitru and former mayor of Neamt Gheorghe Stefan were also sentenced to prison in the same case. Gabriel Sandu stayed two years behind bars, as he was released on parole in November last year.

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