The National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) has officially announced on Thursday that Senate Speaker, Calin Popescu Tariceanu, is charged with receiving almost USD 800,000 from the representatives of an Austrian company, in order to conclude several additional documents to a contract, the money being used during the election campaign.
“The prosecutors are conducting an investigation regarding suspicions of corruption offenses regarding the covering of election expenses with amounts of money from a company which allegedly received important contracts with the Romanian state. The file was opened in 2018, following the bringing together of three criminal files, of which one has been taken over by the DNA prosecutors upon the request of Austrian judicial authorities. Actually, a dignitary allegedly received indirectly, during 2007-2008, undue material benefits worth about USD 800,000 from the representatives of an Austrian company, in exchange for steps made by him in the exercise of his office for concluding several additional documents to a company’s commercial contract. The amount represented a commission of 10% of the value of additional documents and allegedly was used to the benefit of the dignitary, being transferred on the basis of fictitious contracts concluded with several offshore companies,” the DNA prosecutors say.
An investigation is ongoing on other persons for complicity to bribe taking. In regard to the dignitary, the criminal investigation for bribe taking is conditioned by the Senate’s go-ahead.
“In this regard, the DNA chief prosecutor has sent to the Prosecutor General upon the High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court) the necessary documents in view of notifying the Senate. The requested opinion for the senator is needed in order to complete the criminal investigation and in order to offer him the opportunity to submit the defence within a legal court framework,” DNA further informs.
According to judicial sources quoted by G4Media, the company that had bribed Tariceanu reportedly is Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH Austria, the company that distributed the Microsoft licenses in Romania.
The name of the company was mentioned also in the Microsoft file in which Gabriel Sandu was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment. Among the denouncers in the file was the former chief of Fujitsu Siemens in Romania, Claudiu Florica.
The notification on criminal investigation has reached the Senate later on Thursday, deputy speaker Claudiu Manda has confirmed. Sources say the request will be discussed by the law committee on Monday, in order to submit a point of view to the Senate plenary.
Tariceanu denies, says this is another DNA made-up file
Senate Speaker Tariceanu said on Wednesday the cabinet led by him made no payment for the Microsoft licenses during his term. “The Government decisions at the time had in view the inventory of Microsoft licenses used by public institutions. I remind that the contract was signed and enforced on the basis of a Government decision in 2004,” Tariceanu said.
Tariceanu said “we are witnessing another DNA made-up file.”
“It’s strange that, ten years after concluding my term and 3 years after the first mention of my name in the file, this topic is resumed, I believe is another reaction to my attitude against abuses in the justice system. My approaches, obviously, are disturbing for those who have taken illegitimately the power over Romanian state. Considering the file on false testimony I was acquitted in, it seems we are witnessing another DNA made-up file,” the Senate Speaker said.
Presence to ALDE congress – cancelled
ALDE President Calin Popescu-Tariceanu has canceled his official visit to Madrid, where he was to attend the ALDE European Congress, sources from Brussels have told Ziare.com.
The European ALDE Congress takes place November 8-10 in Madrid and will involve more than 1,000 delegates from Europe, according to the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe website. The congress will discuss the initiative to exclude ALDE Romania from the European group, the request being made by an Austrian politician in August.