Horia Georgescu resigns as ANI head after being arrested. Bulgarian journalists shocked as they wanted to interview Georgescu

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Horia Georgescu has resigned from the leadership of the National Integrity Agency (ANI), after being detained by DNA prosecutors for abuse of office, in the file on the return of overstated properties by the ANRP Commission he had been part of, said lawyer Cristian Ene.

Cristian Ene said he is to submit to the Senate, on Tuesday, Horia Georgescu’s resignation as president of the National Integrity Agency. Ene added that Horia Georgescu had resigned on Monday evening and handed him the resignation to be submitted to the Senate on his behalf.

The lawyer also specified that he had a two-hour long discussion on Monday evening with Horia Georgescu, as currently held in arrest by the Bucharest Police, and they established the strategy they are going to use in defense against the arrest proposal formulated by the DNA (National Anti-corruption Directorate), to be judged by the High Court of Cassation and Justice on Tuesday.

Horia Georgescu was brought, with warrant, on Monday, to the DNA to be heard about the National Authority for Property Restitution. The cited sources say investigations are being conducted into abuse of office with extremely serious consequences in relation to those who were members of the Central Commission for Compensation Establishment, with the prejudice under this file amounting to EUR 75 million.

On Tuesday, Georgescu will be brought before the High Court of Cassation and Justice with a proposal for preventive arrest for 30 days.

In January 2015, Romania’s Government — the National Authority for Property Restitution notified the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) regarding the fact that in the period 2008-2009 the buildings evaluation reports for which compensation was awarded, under Law 247/2005, did not meet the requirements of the International Evaluation Standards on estimating the market value of those buildings.

Bulgarian journalists expecting interview, shocked. Documentary on Romania’s progress against corruption

Two Bulgarian journalists arrived on Monday in Romania to interview Horia Georgescu about his results in the fight against corruption, but found out looking on TV that the ANI head was being handcuffed by the DNA prosecutors, Hotnews.ro reports. The journalists were filming a documentary about Romania’s progress in justice to be aired in Bulgaria before the visit Georgescu was going to pay in Sofia to share with Bulgaria’s Deputy Premier Meglena Kuneva the Romanian experience in fighting corruption.


Read also: http://www.romaniajournal.ro/ani-head-horia-georgescu-taken-into-custody/


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