Anti-corruption's Kovesi: Only 4 out of 403 files sent to court by DNA in 2016 were returned to prosecutors
The National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) has sent to court in 2016 as many as 403 files, out of which only four were returned permanently to the prosecutors, the DNA Chief Prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi stated on Tuesday night at a Radio Romania Actualitati (RRA) broadcast.
"Out of the 403 files sent to court in 2016 by the DNA, only 4 were permanently returned to the prosecutors. So, 1 pct. A returned file doesn't mean the end of the criminal lawsuit. It doesn't mean that the person who has been investigated is guilty or not, because a returned file is not even to a final solution. There were situations when a file was sent back to the DNA, then it was sent to court again and sentences were given. A returned file is not the end of a lawsuit, is not a guilty or not guilty verdict," Kovesi told the RRA.
Kovesi also said that in the past three years, the DNA has sent to court more than 1,170 persons for abuse of office, the amount of the damages being rd one billion EUR. Also, in the last three years, the DNA impounded goods worth over 1.5 billion EUR, out of which 600 million EUR in 2016.
The DNA head added that it is very important for the Public Finance Ministry to recover these sums and the money to get to the state's coffins.