Former Judge of the Constitutional Court, Toni Grebla, has been appointed Secretary General of the Government on Monday. The decision signed by the prime minister was published also on Monday by the Official Gazette. He thus replaces Andreea Lambru.
PSD Chairman Liviu Dragnea had confirmed the appointment of Toni Grebla last week, hotnews.ro reports.
After The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) has ruled in May 2018, in first court, to acquit former constitutional judge Toni Grebla in the corruption file opened by DNA against him, along with four other defendants. The ruling is not final.
Grebla, also former PSD senator, was accused that he pretended and received goods and services as bribe from businessman Ion Bîrcină to help the latter obtain some contracts in the energy and scrap iron fields. Thus, Grebla promised Bîrcină he will intercede with public servants from the state companies, ministries and central and local authorities so that the businessman should get the contracts.
The National Anti-corruption Directorate claims that during electoral campaigns in 2008-2012 Senator Toni Grebla received EUR 100,000 electoral undue benefits from Ion Bircin, EUR 50,000 for each campaign. He was indicted in September 2015.
Toni Grebla was remanded while he was a constitutional judge, with DNA accusing him of supporting illegal exports in Russia and with helping his godson to get several contracts for his company in exchange for a car and dresses for his wife. Grebla was detained for these charges and for a new charge saying that he allegedly tried to sell, by intermediaries, 50 goats that did not belong to him. This new charge came following a denunciation.
Grebla was also investigated for allegedly receiving electoral campaign materials during 2012, a BMW car and two dresses for his wife from his godson, businessman Ion Bircina.
Toni Grebla submitted his resignation early February 2015 in the Constitutional Court plenum, citing pressure on the institution in connection with the performance of his duties after the DNA had begun prosecution for corruption against him.