Maria Vasii, the lawyer of the PSD leader Liviu Dragnea, has argued on Friday that no institution is a civil party in the Tel Drum file and, therefore, no one has requested to recover any damage, and the prosecutor would not have had the right to take precautionary measures.
“We have challenged the ordinance for the establishment of the protective measures because it was issued by the prosecutor with the non-observance of some essential issues required by the law. For example, the assurance measure was justified by the lady prosecutor in order to dispose of the goods necessary to cover the damages. There is no civil party, as no one has so far claimed the damages. The prosecutor cannot lay seizure automatically, in the absence of a civil party claiming these damages,” lawyer Maria Vasii said on Friday for Digi 24 TV.
Prosecutors say the damage caused to the public budget is of over RON 30 million and the European funds frauds amount to EUR 21 million.
The Ministry of European Funds and the Teleorman County Council have been officially informed by the DNA about the possibility of becoming civil party in this file, but the heads of the two institutions have argued that they have not yet received any official documents.
On the other hand, the lawyer claimed that the seizure was conducted approximately because the PSD leader’s assets haven’t been evaluated.
The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors have seized on Tuesday over RON 127 million (over EUR 27 M) from the wealth of Chamber of Deputies Speaker Liviu Dragnea in the Tel Drum file. Dragnea went to the DNA office on Tuesday evening where he had been summoned by the prosecutors to be informed about the seizure. The Social Democrat leader is indicted in this file for setting up a organized criminal group, abuse of office and EU funds embezzlement.