Liviu Dragnea, for the first time out of prison to be heard as a witness in another corruption file

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Former PSD chairman Liviu Dragnea has been taken out from the Rahova Penitentiary on Thursday, for the first time since he was imprisoned in May and was taken to the Bucharest Tribunal to be heard as a witness in the trial of former Chamber Speaker Valeriu Zgonea.

Early last year, Zgonea was indicted for influence peddling after he would have interceded to appoint a secretary of state.

According to the anti-corruption prosecutors, during July 1, 2012-April 2013, when he was Chamber speaker and vice-president of the Social Democrat Party, Valeriu Zgonea has accepted the promise made by a former county councilman at the Buzau County council during June 2004-December 2013, businessman Daniel Dobrica, to receive undue benefits for himself, in exchange of Zgonea’s intervention upon some public servants whom he allegedly had any influence upon, in order to appoint one of the councilman’s relative in an important public position.

Former SocDem PM Victor Ponta has also been subpoenaed for hearing in Zgonea’s file today.

The witnesses are heard today within a closed session.

However, according to sources attending the hearing, Dragnea was brought without handcuffs at the court and he worshiped while standing in the witness box. The former SocDem leader was wearing a blue suit, white shirt and tie and had eyeglasses.

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