PSD Senator Voicu banned from leaving Bucharest

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Senator Catalin Voicu of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) on Friday told that prosecutors of the National Anti-Corruption Department (DNA) has banned him from leaving Bucharest City for 30 days and from getting in touch with PSD Bucharest branch chairman Marian Vanghelie, leader of the PSD MPs in the Chamber of Deputies Viorel Hrebenciuc and former industry minister in 2001-2004 Dan Ioan Popescu.

Voicu claimed that the persons mentioned have nothing to do with the reasons for the DNA hearing. ‘Under a prosecutorial ordinance I was told not to get in touch with certain party colleagues – Mr. Hrebenciuc, Mr. Vanghelie and Mr. Dan Ioan Popescu – although they have nothing to do with the presumed case,’ said Voicu, a co-chair of the Senate’s Defence Committee.

Voicu said that the DNA prosecutors suspect him of having intervened for some friends in exchange for material gains. ‘They are suspecting that I intervened for some people in civil and criminal cases and they presume that I got some material gains in the process,’ said Voicu. Voicu refused to name the people for whom he is accused of having intervened, arguing that he does not want to expose them because the ongoing criminal investigation is confidential.

DNA is claiming that Senator Voicu has asked for and received sums of money from business people in exchange for favourable rulings in civil and criminal cases under investigation, charging him with two counts of influence peddling.

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