Anti-corruption prosecutors ask President’s go-ahead to prosecute ex-Environment minister charged with bribe taking

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The National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), has asked President Klaus Iohannis to consent to the criminal prosecution against the former minister of Environment in the Orban Cabinet, Costel Alexe, accused of receiving 22 tons of sheet metal products. The former minister would have pretended the bribe in exchange for assigning greenhouse gas emission certificates for free to the respective plant and also in exchange for favorably monitoring the measures taken by that factory to shut down a warehouse of non-compliant landfills.

These tasks belong to the Environment Ministry and Costel Alexe was minister of Environment at that time, meaning last year. Costel Alexe is not in the current Government anymore, as he is leader of the Iasi County Council.

“During March-April 2020, the defendant would have directly pretended from the manager of a steel works several products made of sheet metal in exchange for performing his work tasks on assigning assigning greenhouse gas emission certificates for free and on monitoring the measures taken by the plant to shut down a warehouse of non-compliant landfills.

Those benefits, consisting of 22 tons (around RON 103,000 -around EUR 21,143) would have been received by the former minister on April 23, 2020 and on July 7, 2020, at the venue of a private company managed by one of the minister’s relatives,” anti-corruption prosecutors detailed.

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