The fight against corruption still on: Searches at CFR Calatori and CFR Marfa

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Romanian Euro billionaire Calin Mitica is suspected to be at the bottom of certain corruption wrongdoings related to Tuesday’s CFR searches.

DNA prosecutors have conducted 22 searches in Bucharest and Ilfov, Cluj and Galati counties on Tuesday morning, aiming also the headquarters of CFR Calatori and CFR Marfa, as well as SC Transferoviar Calatori, in a file regarding corruption crimes during 2012-2014. The National Anti-corruption Direction (DNA) shows, in a press release, that the DNA prosecutors – Cluj Territorial Service are researching “a criminal case which targets suspicions regarding certain corruption wrongdoings having taken place between 2012 and 2014.”

Two out of the 22 addresses that prosecutors have raided on Tuesday belong to public institutions, the rest of them being the headquarters of various companies and residences. The prosecutors’ action is supported by the Romanian Information Service and by the Gendarmerie’s Special Interventions Brigade.

According to judicial sources quoted by Mediafax, the searched public institutions are CFR Calatori and CFR Marfa. SC Transferoviar Calatori and Remarul 16 Februarie SA are also among the companies’ headquarters that have been searched. Contacted following the new developments, the director of Remarul 16 Februarie, Calin Barbutan, has refused to offer any information.

Remarul 16 Februarie SA has been created in 1870 and has integrally private Romanian stock. The company activates in railway rolling stock’s constructions, modernization and repair.

Romanian Euro billionaire name involved in the case

About billionaire Calin Mitica, prosecuted by the DNA regarding the fake auctions in the wares’ railway system, “Gruia Stoica from Cluj”, it is known that he is involved in many controversial businesses activating in the rail freight transport. The businessman has allegedly manipulated various auctions with the salt producing company Salrom in favor of his railway transportation company Transferoviar Grup in the detriment of CFR Marfa.

Nevertheless, Calin Mitica is accused of having constituted an organized criminal group, besides Kinga Madarasn and Stefan Adriian.

Transferoviar Grup SA was born in 2003. The company’s main activity is wares’ transportation and railway maneuvers, and secondly, wagons and stream-engines’ repair. The group also owns the above-mentioned company Remarul 16 Februarie Cluj-Napoca.

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