Defence ministry in no way involved in Babeni contracts, Minister Stanisoara says

National Defence Minister Mihai Stanisoara stressed on Wednesday that his ministry is in no way involved in the contracts closed by the Mechanical Plant in Babeni (southern Romania) with other economic operators in view of the delaboration of ammunition, the National Defence Ministry said in a release.

Stanisoara was referring to an operation for the neutralization and safe disposal of the military ammunition that has become unusable and dangerous.
He gave the details following a request made by president of the opposition Liberals Crin Antonescu.

‘With respect to your request for me to publicly clarify whether the National Defence Ministry was aware of the disposal of ammunition carried out by Babeni Mechanical Plant SA as part of contracts closed with other economic operators, I inform you that the Defence Ministry is in no way involved in these contracts’, the minister said.

Antonescu said on Tuesday the Liberals will call for the setting up of a committee to inquire into the case surrounding Mircea Basescu, if the information about the involvement of the Romanian president’s brother in business relating to the defence area is not clarified by the start of the parliamentary session.

He stressed he could not pronounce on the content of journalist Sorin Rosca Stanescu’s allegations, but added he was expecting clarification from the state institutions in this respect.

Stanescu has said on his blog that President Traian Basescu’s brother Mircea Basescu allegedly took part in an international trafficking operation involving huge quantities of explosives.

According to him, five ships from Thailand carrying explosive materials and ammunition allegedly laid anchor in the Romanian Black Sea port of Constanta at the end of last year or early this year and Mircea Basescu allegedly took care of secretly unloading the explosives from those ships.

Stanescu said the final destination, according to the contract signed with the Thai side by Romarm SA was the Plant from Babeni, the southern Valcea county; the explosives and ammunition, once there, were re-packed instead of being destroyed, he added.

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