DNA: Search request in Ridzi case referred to Chamber of Deputies

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Minister of Justice Catalin Predoiu on Wednesday referred to Chamber of Deputies’ speaker Roberta Anastase the request of the National Anti-Corruption Directorate (DNA) seeking approval for the computer search in the file regarding former Minister of Youth and Sports Monica Iacob Ridzi.

DNA pointed out that in the case of the ministers who are also members of the Parliament of Romania at the time criminal prosecution is initiated against them, the Constitution and the laws in force require the relevant chamber to approve retention, arrest or search requests.

DNA on Tuesday applied with Justice Minister Catalin Predoiu to notify the Chamber of Deputies, seeking the approval thereof for the search of the computer owned by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and used by former Minister Ridzi, in order to continue investigations in criminal file No. 147/P/2009 for which the start of prosecution was instructed on August 11, 2009.

DNA also sent a notification to Romania’s Prosecutor General Laura Codruta Kovesi, to request the Chamber of Deputies’ approval for the start of criminal proceedings against former Minister of Youth and Sports, Monica Iacob-Ridzi for four new counts.
Monica Iacob Ridzi faces charges of abuse of public office against public interest, continued forgery in connection with corruption deeds, use of forgery and malfeasance in violation of the Accountancy Law.

DNA specifies that the request sent to the Chamber of Deputies refers to other offenses than those subject to criminal file no. 147/P/2009, for which the Parliament of Romania requested the start of criminal prosecution on July 27, 2009.
On July 27, 2009 the Chamber of Deputies approved the request of DNA prosecutors for the initiation of criminal proceedings against former Minister Monica Iacob Ridzi in the Youth Day file.

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