The former chief prosecutor of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi has filed the candidacy for the top position of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office, with the selection procedure being ongoing at the European Commission, EC sources have told G4media on Monday.
The European Public Prosecutor’s Office was set up in 2017 to investigate offenses bringing damages to the EU budget, such as fraud or corruption , or cross-border fraud concerning VAT damages over EUR 10 million.
Laura Codruta Kovesi could not be contacted to confirm this information, digi24.ro informs.
G4media and PSNews.ro claim that prosecutor Adina Florea with the directorate for investigating magistrates allegedly would charge Kovesi in the coming days in the file of Nicolae Popa. Let’s recall that Adina Florea was proposed by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader for the DNA chief prosecutor, but was turned down by President Klaus Iohannis.
The former director of the National Investment Fund (FNI) Nicolae Popa was released on parole in September 2017. He served almost six years in prison, three years and two months in Romania, after he had been sentenced to 10 years and four months in jail. Prosecutors haven’t challenged the ruling.
Nicolae Popa had been initially sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison for fraud in 2006.
Before being convicted, Nicolae Popa had fled the country. Later on he has been tracked down in Indonesia and then arrested in 2009. He was brought in Romania two years later.
In 2000, over 100,000 Romanians lost their money invested in the FNI Ponzi scheme, while the Romanian state that had become bail for the fund, had to pay about EUR 100 million as compensations.