PM Ponta: I have no knowledge of, would be wrong to comment on investigations regarding my brother-in-law

Prime Minister Victor Ponta said on Tuesday, on Twitter, that he has no knowledge of the investigations regarding his brother-in-law and does not wish to comment upon them.

„I do not know and it would be wrong for me to comment on the investigations done by prosecutors regarding my brother-in-law. The law should be equal for all”, said Ponta on Twitter.

The searches conducted by the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) on Tuesday target company Exfin SRL, belonging to Prime Minister Victor Ponta’s mother and sister, sources from the judiciary told.

The same sources claim that the PM’s brother-in-law could also be targeted, following most probably the prosecutors to bring him soon to the DNA’s Ploiesti branch for hearings.

The quoted sources mention that the case involves a European construction project, and the crimes committed refer to defrauding 54 percent of the issued funds, money misappropriated for own interests, and to tax evasion practices.

According to the source, the value of the damages reaches 7,800,000 lei, with the tax evasion damages reaching 2,500,000 lei. The case regards sewer networks, the sources add.

National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA) prosecutors on Tuesday morning are conducting 14 company and home searches in Bucharest and Ploiesti municipalities.

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