National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Ploiesti prosecutors have conducted searches on Tuesday at the residence of the Permanent Electoral Authority (AEP) President Ana Maria Patru and at the institution, in a file investigating crimes of influence peddling and money laundering, judicial sources have said.
Ana Maria Patru was taken from her place in Voluntari to hearings at DNA Ploiesti and later in the evening she was placed under remand by the DNA.
Judicial sources said the searches are related to elections of the last election cycles, targeting mainly the elections in 2009. In 2009, Traian Basescu won a second term as president of Romania.
“In the morning of November 15, 2016, following authorization by the competent court, searches have been conducted in four locations in Bucharest and Ilfov and Valcea counties, in which a location is a public institution, the rest are residences of individuals,” DNA informs.
The deeds in question were committed during 2008 -2015.
AEP President’s husband has tried to flee with relevant documents for the DNA investigators, being stopped by policemen, sources quoted by Agerpres say. The documents are reportedly relevant for the investigation regarding the money circuit.
President Iohannis: The DNA investigation on AEP head – an unpleasant surprise. If prosecuted, she must be replaced
President Klaus Iohannis has said on Tuesday that the DNA investigation regarding the AEP head Ana Maria Patru is a very unpleasant surprise, adding that if prosecution is commenced she should be replaced from office.
“I don’t believe they (the elections results – our note) will be questioned and I don’t believe the way the institution functions will be fundamentally affected. It is a serious institution, it works for years in the elections issues and I am convinced it will do its job further on. The DNA investigation against the institution is a very, very unpleasant surprise,” the head of state said at Cotroceni Palace.
“It all depends on what the DNA will inform. For the time being I’ve learned the first checks have been conduced today. If prosecution is started, then certainly that person should be replaced,” Iohannis said, adding that he knows no details on the case.
Regarding the participation of PEA President, Mrs. Ana Maria Patru in the A-WEB election observation mission, to assess the implementation of new voting and ballot counting thechnologies, held in Kyrgystan
Mrs. Ana Maria Pcitru, the President of the Permanent Electoral Authority of Romania is leading, the A-WEB observation and evaluation mission regarding the implementation of new voting and ballot counting technologies during parliamentary elections in Kyrgyz Republic, event held on 4th of October 2015.
The mission is held between 1st – 6th October 2015, inside the „Election Visitor Program”, initiated by A-WEB and focuses on knowledge and experience exchange in electoral field between A-WEB member states.
Ensuring free and democratic elections is part of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development of the Kyrgyz Republic and it represents the ground bases of the Kyrgyz Government’s decision to use these thechnologies in the electoral process.
For enrolling voters using biometric thechnology and for developing the electronic vote counting system, the Central Election Commision of the Republic of Kyrgystan signed a Memorandum of Understanding with A-WEB, benefiting thus, from technical assistance from the Association.
Regarding these elections, one of the main A-WEB objectives is to evaluate if the introduction of the voters enrolling system, using biometric technology and the implementation of the electronic ballot counting system are likely to increase eficiency, transparency and accountability in elections.
„This project will prove how IT solutions, correctly evaluated and implemented may encrease confidence in electoral processes and consolidate democracy” said Mrs. Ana Maria Patru at the official opening of the A-WEB mission in Kyrgystan.
Romania is a member of A-WEB since 2013 and will take over the Presidency of the Association in 2017 through the PEA President, Mrs. Ana Maria Patru.
Irina Socol, patroana firmei Siveco, este cea care a denunțat-o la DNA pe Ana Maria Pătru, președintele Autorității Electorale Permanente. Socol a fost deja condamnată într-un dosar și are mai multe pe rol şi ar fi încercat astfel să-şi negocieze pedepse cu suspendare.
Irina Socol s-a întâlnit duminică cu Ana Maria Pătru având tehnică de interceptare asupra sa. Discuţia ar fi avut loc într-o cafenea timp de 2 ore, timp în care Socol i-a amintit lui Pătru despre discuţiile din trecut privind contractele. Se pare că această discuţie ar fi devenit o probă pentru DNA, anunță flux24.roPătru a fost reţinută marţi seară de DNA. Procurorii DNA Ploieşti au dispus efectuarea urmăririi penale faţă de preşedintele Autorităţii Electorale Permanente (AEP), Ana Maria Pătru, la data faptei vicepreşedinte al instituţiei – funcţie cu rang de secretar de stat, pentru trei infracţiuni de trafic de influenţă şi două infracţiuni de spălare a banilor.
Potrivit unui comunicat de presă transmis, marţi seară, de DNA, în perioada aprilie-iunie 2008, suspecta Ana Maria Pătru, în calitate de vicepreşedinte al AEP, a pretins, iar în anul 2009 a şi primit de la reprezentanţii unei societăţi comerciale, suma de 210.000 euro, reprezentând contravaloarea unui anumit imobil situat în municipiul Bucureşti.
Anchetatorii spun că, în schimbul primirii acestui bun, Pătru a promis că va susţine derularea în bune condiţii a unui contract încheiat de acea societate cu AEP, precum şi că va susţine firma să obţină şi să deruleze contracte viitoare, fapt care s-a şi realizat.