Iulian Rusu: Assets worth 7 billion lei were sequestrated

The state institutions sequestrated assets to the value of 7 billion le in the bank fraud case and in other high-profile cases, said the director of the National Anticorruption Center (NAC) Iulian Rusu. According to him, it is hard to seize property located in other countries and the process requires cooperation with foreign institutions, IPN reports.

The official said the goal of the NAC is to combat and prevent systemic corruption, while the cases of grand corruption are within the remit of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office. But the two institutions cooperate.

“We have about 350 active criminal cases. There are also cases when 200-300 lei is given for obtaining a certificate or for a road traffic regulation not to be documented. These are also cases of corruption, but this is systemic corruption. The Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office deals with grand corruption, but we offer the necessary support when they decide to constitute investigation groups when expertise is needed. For example, if telephones are seized, the information technology is assessed so as to extract relevant evidence to charge the person. Or the person needs to be escorted or to be taken into custody. So, it is a complex of measures taken by different subdivisions,” Iulian Rusu stated in the program “Reflection Points” on Vocea Basarabiei station.

The NAC chief said that in high-profile cases, tangible and intangible assets of a considerable value were sequestrated and, if final court judgments are passed, the state budget will gain billions of lei from the confiscation of these goods.

“Assets to the value of 7 billion lei were sequestrate and not only in the bank fraud case. A part of them are in the Republic of Moldova. We are waiting for final court judgments. It goes to real estate, luxury cars and cash that was found and transferred to the treasure accounts of the Criminal Assets Recovery Agency. The procedure for sequestrating property abroad is intricate,” said Iulian Rusu.

He noted that 150 employees of the NAC are involved in corruption fighting activities. Over the past nine months, the Center managed to cause inconvenience to many persons in conflict with the law and rhetoric about the liquidation of the National Anticorruption Center has intensified therefore.

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