Anti-corruption prosecutors are conducting searches at the Social Democrat Party headquarter in Arad, western Romania, at the houses of three PSD lawmakers and at the office of the Regional Department of Roads and Bridges Timisoara in a file on bribery, bribe taking and influence peddling, allegedly committed during 2016-2019.
Three PSD MPs are targeted: Florin Tripa-PSD Arad, Dorel Caprar-PSD Arad and Ioan Chisăliță, PSD Caraș-Severin.
The head of the Regional Department of Roads and Bridges Timisoara, Ilie Ispravnic has been taken from the office of PSD Arad and taken for hearings at DNA Timisoara, as he is also county councilman representing PSD.
PSD deputy Florin Tripa has been taken for hearings with the SWAT teams. He was accompanied by his lawyer. “I have no idea why I am here. They came to my house at 6 a.m. I was on my way to the airport. They came at 6 a.m., they frightened by child. They broke the door…metaphorically speaking,” said Florin Tripa, as quote d bypressalert.ro.
The investigation started one year ago, starting from some hints on the bribes allegedly paid for the scale in Nadlac 2 customs office, which is a mandatory stopping point for all the trucks leaving Romania. Sources close to the investigators revealed the bribes had ranged from EUR 5 to EUR 100 so that customs officers should close their eyes if a truck was too loaded.
Investigators said that part of the bribes would have got to some of the chiefs of Timisoara Regional Department of Roads and Bridges (DRPD), led by Ispravnic. He was endorsed to take this position by the leader of PSD Arad, deputy Dorel Căprar.
So, Ispravnic and other chiefs of DRDP would have forces the customs officers to ask truck drivers for bribe.