The 5-judge panel with the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) has postponed, on Tuesday, a sentence in the file on the former Finance Minister Darius Valcov to September 17. In first court, Valcov was sentenced to 8 years in prison for influence peddling and money laundering.
Valcov’s attorney, Adrian Georgescu, argued on the illegality of the 3-judge panel which sentenced the defendant in first court to 8 years, saying it was not specialized on corruption offenses, digi24.ro informs.
Georgescu requested the hearing of other witnesses, among them Theodor Berna, denouncer in the file.
This was the first term for hearings in the appeal filed by Darius Valcov. The former finance minister, former economic adviser to PM Viorica Dancila and former mayor of Slatina did not attend the hearings on Tuesday.
The attorney also requested that former liberal leader Vasile Blaga is summoned for hearings, arguing that he was the one to present Darius Valcov to Theodor Berna, the denouncer in the file.
The court rejected two requests for postponement.
In the file Valcov is charged with influence peddling, money laundering and financial operations or trade deeds incompatible with official positions. He allegedly requested from a construction company 20% of the public contracts, during his term as mayor.