Former District 5 mayor Vanghelie – prosecuted for abuse of office
Suspended District 5 mayor Marian Vanghelie is to be prosecuted for two offenses of abuse of office after he signed, with violation of the law, two sanitation contracts worth RON 6.5 million for 147 streets, a National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) release informs.
Vanghelie was heard by the DNA on Thursday, being informed of the allegations, the two offenses of abuse of office if the civil servant obtained for himself or for a third party an undue advantage.
Marian Vanghelie is accused that, as mayor, on May 14, 2008, concluded with violation of the law of public procurement, the two contracts and the appendixes for a period of three months, extendable by amendments, if the alleged emergency situation claimed by the District 5 City Hall would not have stopped.
According to the public procurement law, in view of awarding such contracts, the selection of the negotiating procedure without previous advertising procedures required the establishment of a supporting note to justify this choice.
The investigators found that in the same context, on May 12, 2008 in violation of the laws, Vanghelie approved the report of necessity and the provision by which the evaluation committee was set up, by negotiating procedure without the publication of a public notice.
The new file seems not to scare Vanghelie, as he won’t give up running for a new term as District 5 mayor on behalf of the Social Justice Party. Asked if he withdraws from the electoral race, the suspended mayor said: “I think I’m going to win with 70%, why shouldn’t I stay in the race?”