Former FinMin Mihai Tanasescu prosecuted in Rompetrol II file

Newsroom 17/06/2016 | 12:14

Former minister of finance and ex VP of the EIB, Mihai Tanasescu, has been placed under prosecution by the DIICOT for offenses to constitute an organized criminal group, abuse of office and complicity to embezzlement, Agerpres informs.

The accusations are related to the Rompetrol II file, in which Mihai Tanasescu and then minister of economy Dan Ioan Popescu have made an agreement with Rompetrol businessmen to convert Rompetrol Rafinare debts worth USD 603 million to bonds underwritten by the Ministry of Public Finance.

In early May, DIICOT seized the Rompetrol refinery and 14 people were prosecuted, among which Sorin Marin, a former business partner of Dinu Patriciu and Rompetrol shareholder; Alexander Nicolcioiu, production director of KazMunayGas International (former Rompetrol Group), Adrian Constantin Volintiru, former president of AVAS; US citizens George Philip Stephenson and Richard Colin Hart.

Investigators also seized movable and immovable assets of KazMunayGas International NV, SC Oilfield Exploration Business Solutions SA and SC Rompetrol Rafinare SA, to recover amounts of RON 1.72 billion and EUR 34.9 million.

The file stipulates that in 1998 Dinu Patriciu and Sorin Marin have constituted a criminal group together with George Philip Stephenson and Colin Richard Hart, aiming to obtain the disappearance from state records of public accounting claims, embezzlement of money due to the state budget and failure to pay tax obligations in whole or in part by not declaring income.

The group’s activity led to the converting of Rompetrol’s debts, amounting to RON 21.7 billion (about USD 603 million), to state bonds payable in seven years, with the group members using the sum in their own interests, while the company’s profits were externalized.

Natalia Martian

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