Sunday, March 25, 2007

Former Minister investigated for abuse

The Anti Graft Department (DNA) opened a criminal investigation against the former Transport Minister, Miron Mitrea, charged with abuse against state's interests. The file refers to a deal with luxury terrain on the Northern Edge of Bucharest, legally owned by the Utilitarian Aviation.

Miron Mitrea is accused of refusing to fulfill an irrevocable court decision that recognized the Utilitarian Aviation's ownership over 2.3 hectares near the Bucharest - Ploiesti highway.

The terrain, part of a larger 8.9 hectares surface, was object to a lawsuit between the Utilitarian Aviation and the neighboring Baneasa airport, a fact that made the terrain impossible to sell, rent, lease or otherwise be subject to transactions.

Under Mitrea's signature, the Transport Ministry exchanged the terrain with a natural person, obtaining a 10,000 euros area in exchange for a surface worth 11 million euros.

The accusations against Mitrea come after it was proven that he lied when he declared he was unaware of the litigation., Mar 23, 2007


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