District 1 mayor Andrei Chiliman remanded by DNA for influence peddling, in the same file with PM’s brother in law

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District 1 Mayor Andrei Chiliman was arrested on Thursday evening by DNA prosecutors after more than four hours of hearings, in the same file in which he is accused of influence peddling with Iulian Hertanu, brother in law of Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

Judicial sources said on behalf of the mayor Andrei Chiliman a remand ordinance has been issued at 20.10h for 24 hours.

District 1 Mayor Andrei Chiliman is targeted by a DNA investigation. Searches by anticorruption prosecutors were conducted on Thursday at the town hall, judicial sources saying the mayor is suspected of influence peddling in the case of Iulian Hertanu, brother in law of Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

Judicial sources told local media that mayor Chiliman, along with his personal adviser Ioana Costescu and former PNL’s treasurer Vlad Octavian Moisescu would have arranged with businessman Gheorghe Boeru so that the latter’s company to obtain a contract with the District 1 Town Hall for asphalt works and building rehabilitation works. According to this deal, RON 300.000 would have been paid at the District 1 Mayor’s Office in the summer of 2012. Investigators claim the money have been divided as such: Andrei Chiliman allegedly took 30 percent, Vlad Moisescu, Ioana Costescu and Ion Brad (local councilor) 15 percent each and the National Liberal Party Districy 1 branch-10 percent. The difference of 15 percent would have been used to pay other clerks.

DNA Ploiesti has heard Andrei Chiliman, and three others. Chiliman was picked up from Henry Coanda airport when he arrived in the country from Brussels. Asked to comment the charges, Chiliman said “I have never done such things.”

Searches were also conducted at the mayor’s house and the houses to the other three suspects in this case.

Andrei Chiliman, member of the National Liberal Party, is at his third term as District 1 mayor, since 2004.

PM Ponta’s brother in law Iulian Hertanu is accused of setting up an organized criminal group and for European funds embezzlement. In the same file other persons are investigated including MPs Sebastian Ghita, Vlad Cosma and the Prahova County Council President Mircea Cosma, accused of supporting the criminal group.

DNA Ploiesti prosecutors have extended on April 17, for 60 days, the judicial control for PSD deputy Sebastian Ghita.

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