Romania’s National Anticorruption Directorate has revealed in a dramatic official announcement an alleged corruption scandal involving several senior government officials including Prince Paul-Phillip Hohenzollen. According to reports in the Romanian media, three Israeli businessmen have also been allegedly involved in the affair Shimon Sheves, Tal Silberstein and Beny Steinmetz. Earlier last week, a former senior Romanian government official Remus Truica was arrested in the matter as the main suspect in the fraud and money laundering affair, as well as Dan Andronic, CEO of the popular daily newspaper “Evenimentul Zilei.” Other senior Romanian figures were also arrested.
According to the allegations, Truica led extensive real estate fraud that began in 2006 and caused damage estimated at €136 million. As part of the operations allegedly led by Truica, the group illegally bought government land covering 170,000-sq.m. in the north of Bucharest, after bribing various officials and with the direct involvement of Prince Paul.
Truica denies the deeds attributed to him as does Prince Paul who was called in for questioning at DNA’s headquarters in Brasov last week but was taken ill en route and required medical treatment. It is not yet known whether an arrest warrant has been put out for the three Israelis.
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