The High Court of Cassation and Justice granted on Monday a request made by the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) to reopen the prosecution in a case aimed at Social Democratic Party (PSD) leader Liviu Dragnea.
The Supreme Court granted the DNA's request to reopen the in rem prosecution and only in relation to the offenses of abuse of office against public interest.
"It grants the request submitted by the Prosecutor's Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice - the National Anticorruption Directorate - the Section for combating offenses assimilated to corruption crimes. Under article 335 paragraph (4) and (41) the Criminal Procedure Code, it confirms the reopening of the prosecution ruled by ordinance no.117/II-2/2-18 of 3 July 2018, in the case no. 337/P/2009 (986/P/2014) of the Prosecutor's Office attached to the High Court of Cassation and Justice - the National Anticorruption Directorate - the Section for combating in rem corruption and only in respect to abuse of service against public interest, provided for art. 132 of Law no. 78/2000 as against art 248 Criminal Code in 1969. It maintains all the other dispositions of the decision of 14 October 2013, namely the ones regarding the non-initiation of the criminal prosecution regarding the offense of intentionally establishing a diminished value of a company's assets, provided for in art 10, letter a) of Law no. 78/2000 for the prevention, discovery and punishment of corruption deeds. Final. Ruled in the council's chamber, today 1 October 2018," reads the Court's decision.
The case, related to TelDrum company, was classified in 2013, but prosecutors decided to reopen it, based on certain OLAF reports.
DNA submitted the reopening request on 3 July and concerns the "confirmation of the criminal prosecution reopening (art 335, par 4 NCPP)."
The case aims at Liviu Dragnea (Social Democratic Party, PSD major at rule. ed.n.) leader, but also other people: Mugur Bataus, Victor Piperea, Gheorghe Giui, Ion Mirancea, Victorita Pascutu and Marian Fiscuci.
Another TelDrum case is being under investigation at DNA, in which Liviu Dragnea, Marian Fiscuci, but also Mugur Bataus and Victor Piperea, clerks with the Teleorman County Council are being prosecuted.