President Klaus Iohannis gives go-ahead for Gabriel Sandu’s prosecution

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President Klaus Iohannis has sent on Thursday, to the Justice Minister, the request for the prosecution of former Communication and IT Minister Gabriel Sandu, charged with abuse of office, the presidential administration informs.

The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) chief Laura Codruta Kovesi started on Monday the procedures to get the approvals for the start of prosecution of former minister Gabriel Sandu in the Microsoft 3 file.

Two employees of the Communications Ministry, former general manager for informational society programmes and policies Andrei Savulescu and deputy adviser Ion Adrian Stanescu, as well as ex-Microsoft Romania director Calin Tatomir were also placed under judicial control.

They all face charges of abuse of office, abetment in abuse of office and instigation to abuse of office.

In the same file, prosecutors sent the Prosecutor General the request to notify president Klaus Iohannis to give his go-ahead for criminal prosecution against ex-minister Gabriel Sandu.

Investigators say that in April 2009, former minister of Communications Gabriel Sandu decided to clinch a new Microsoft software renting contract, as the previous one had expired. The contract had to be signed following a public sale, according to the public procurement GEO 34/2006.

Therefore, defendants Dinu Pescariu and Claudiu Florica, representing D.CON.NET AG private company, expressed intention to be favoured for winning the public auction. Prosecutors claim that they got in touch with minister Sandu through a businessman and paid him EUR 2,196,035 (a bribe for which Sandu and businessman Dorin Cocos had been sentenced for influence peddling in a previous Microsoft file last year).

Following the deal sealed by businessmen Florica and Pescariu with the former Democrat minister Sandu, the latter Okayed the assignment documentation needed for the open public sale.

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