PSD Neamt leader, Ionel Arsene, remanded for 30 days

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The Bacau Court of Appeals has issued, on Monday, a remand warrant for 30 days for Ionel Arsene, the head of PSD Neamt and the chairman of the Neamt County Council, charged by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) of influence peddling.

Arsene was taken into custody on January 18 by the DNA prosecutors and consequently he has been placed under judicial control, a ruling challenged by the DNA.

At the time, the court judges have rejected the proposal for preventive arrest filed by the DNA – Bacau territorial service, and decided upon setting the judicial control for 60 days.

According to the DNA, in 2013, Ionel Arsene, as Deputy and Chairman of the PSD Neamţ organization, received from a person (the witness in question) the amount of EUR100,000 in order to use his influence, as he claimed to have, on some people in the leadership of the National Integrity Agency (ANI), in order to find out the non-compliance to the legal provisions on the conflict of interest and the regime of incompatibilities in the case of a person who, at that time, had a leading position in the local administration.

The DNA claims that the money was handed by a witness, in a restaurant in Bucharest, and was to reach the respective persons through intermediaries.

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