Four former ministers under investigation for organised crime
The Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) prosecutes former ministers Mihai Tanasescu, Dan Ioan Popescu, Sebastian Vladescu and Gheorghe Pogea. A release of DIICOT to AGERPRES on Wednesday mentions that the four are charged with setting up an organised crime group, office abuse and complicity in embezzlement, in a case concerning the Rompetrol oil company.
DIICOT's prosecutors ordered the criminal investigation of the former ministers on 7 June, and issued precautionary attachments on their assets on 17 June, following the end-May authorization by President Klaus Iohannis.
Tanasescu was heard by the prosecution last Friday, and Popescu, Vladescu and Pogea Wednesday.
The DIICOT alleges that then finance minister Tanasescu and then minister of economy and trade Popescu acted in bad faith in 2003 to promote an emergency ordinance of the government to convert into shares subscribed by the Ministry of Public Finance debts of 603 million dollars of the Rompetrol company. The act was eventually adopted by the government under a procedure that breached the relevant laws.
Vladescu, finance minister from 2005 to 2007 and from 2009 to 2010, and Pogea, finance minister from 2008 to 2009, subsequently breached the legal provision that compelled to the registration of these shares, which would have allowed trading them at the Bucharest Stock Exchange to recover the money owed to the state