Former Danube Delta governor Liviu Mihaiu admits political interventions for his appointment

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Liviu Mihaiu (photo), the former governor of the Danube Delta, has admitted he knew about the political interventions for his appointment as governor, but claims that he found out later on that money was given in order for the appointment to occur, the magistrates motivation reveals, reports.

The motivation shows that, in the statement as witness, Liviu Mihaiu claims he was asked by businessman Sorin Ovidiu Vintu if he wants to take over the position of Danube Delta governor. He accepted and the businessman said he would arrange things. Later on, Mihaiu says in the statement, he was summoned to the government where the then Prime Minister Calin Popescu Tariceanu told him he would be governor.

Following interceptions, however, in was revealed that Sorin Ovidiu Vintu appealed to Bogdan Olteanu, and that the businessman had influence on Liviu Mihaiu.

Also, the magistrates say the evidence in the file contradict the former BNR deputy governor Bogdan Olteanu, who says he is not involved in the corruption scandal.

BNR deputy governor Bogdan Olteanu was detained by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors on July 28 for influence peddling, after being heard for several hours. According to the prosecutors, Olteanu allegedly received EUR 1 million from controversial businessman Sorin Ovidiu Vintu and other benefits in order to take steps for naming the Danube Delta Governor.

A DNA release reads: “During July-November 2008, defendant Bogdan Olteanu, as Chamber of Deputies Speaker, claimed and received from a businessman EUR 1,000,000 and electoral support, i.e. marketing and consultancy, in exchange for making steps upon the Romanian Government members to appoint a certain person as the Danube Delta Governor. The money was handed by the businessman through an intermediary, at the offices of a political party. Subsequently, following Bodgan Olteanu’s intervention, the person was appointed on September 18, 2008 in the office of Danube Delta Governor.”

As he was released the next day from the arrest of the Bucharest Police, Bogdan Olteanu said this is a difficult and very sad time for him, underscoring that he seeks a fast acquittal in court so that he is able to resume normal life.

Bogdan Olteanu took advantage of his position to obtain huge amounts of money

The motivation released by the judges of the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) shows that Bogdan Olteanu took advantage of his influence as the third man in the state to obtain huge amounts of money, i.e. EUR 1 million, in exchange for the appointment of Liviu Mihaiu as Danube Delta governor, informs.

Magistrates also show the deeds Bogdan Olteanu is charged with stand even now as a threat to public order, although they were discovered by the judicial bodies in January 2016, nearly 8 years after committing them, causing even now ‘strong negative reactions that persist with the same intensity’ among the society.

In the court’s view, Bogdan Olteanu’s favourable personal circumstances (he has a high level of education, no criminal record, is integrated into the society) cannot justify an investigation while he is free under judicial control, as requested by the former Chamber of Deputies Speaker.

On July 29, the ICCJ dismissed the DNA request for Bogdan Olteanu’s remand, and he was placed under house arrest for 30 days in the file he is accused of influence peddling.


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