Investigators from the National Anticorruption Department (DNA) decided on July 18 that the euro deputy Adrian Severin should be prosecuted for bribery and influence peddling, the defendant was informed today.
The MEP was called today to the DNA headquarter in Bucharest, but did not want to comment on the reason of the summon.
On April 5, the DNA through the Ministry of Justice asked that the European Parliament lift Severin's immunity. On April 12, the same body requested that all goods, documents and computers belonging to Severin and located in his EP office be conserved and sealed, so that an investigation could be carried out.
On June 23 the European Parliament decided to lift Severin's immunity and assigned the EP President to inform the Romanian authorities and Severin himself of the decision.
The euro-parliamentary was accused of corruption as a set-up investigation carried out by the British journal the Sunday Times blew up in March.
Reporters with the British journal the Sunday Times claimed they lobbied with several members of the EP for a series of ammendments, promising financial rewards in exchange. Adrian Severin, they say, was one to fall into the trap, supposedly demanding 12,000 euros for the ammendment he backed.
The former PSD member vowed it was all a set-up, part of the newspaper's strategy to discredit the European Parliament. "I never backed any ammendment for someone else, demanding money. I don't think that any of my colleagues would do that", he said and asked that the journalists who signed the material be investigated.
Severin resigned his position with the opposition party PSD at the end of March, but refused to quit the EP, despite the clear request of the president Jerzy Buzek. He is not an unaffilliated member.