The head of the National Anti-corruption Directorate (DNA), chief prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi says that the bribes in cases prosecuted in 2015 amount to 431 million euros, a figure comparable with the budget foreseen to co-finance Romania’s motorways programme for 2016, 2017 and 2018. Final sentences obtained by the anti-corruption prosecutors resulted in 200 million euros waiting to be recovered by tax enforcement officials.
In 2015, over 1,250 defendants were prosecuted for corruption at high and medium-level, including one prime minister, five ministers, 16 deputies, five senators, more than 100 mayors and county council chairpersons; one third of the county council heads are on trial. Criminal courts have given final sentences to over 970 defendants prosecuted by the DNA, Kovesi said on Thursday in her presentation of the DNA report on 2015.
The DNA had 11,000 cases, twice as many compared to five years ago. Anti-corruption prosecution was carried out, on average, by 97 prosecutors, for an average of more than 110 cases each. Currently, there are 7,100 open cases, or twice the number that could be closed within one year.
The DNA’s judicial activity was covered by 33 prosecutors, with more than 14,700 participations in court sessions. The number of cases with final sentences pronounced in less than one year has grown by more than 60pct, while the acquittals dropped to 7.63pct. More…