British daily Financial Times publishes on Monday a letter of Romania's former Social Democratic (PSD) PM Adrian Nastase in which he expresses his disappointment regarding an article that appeared in the publication on May 2. The article signaled the possibility that Nastase might have been involved in a corruption case. Eastern Duty Free complained that, because it refused to pay a 2 million dollars commission, it lost its license for Romania's International Airport Henri Coanda.
Nastase declares in the letter that he was shocked and disappointed of the accusations against him and his close colleagues, BBC informs. Former PM underlines the fact that he has serious doubts on the authenticity of the audio tape Eastern Duty Free claims to have as main evidence.
Moreover he denies that his cabinet adopted an emergency ordinance favoring Romanian companies at the expense of the British company and argues that the decision was taken a few months after Eastern Duty Free's contract expired. Plus, Nastase adds that during his cabinet, the National Anti-Graft Prosecutors Department was created and thus his commitment to the rule of law is obvious.
EDF claims that between 2000-2001, collaborators of the then-Romanian Prime Minister Adrian Nastase approached it and asked the payment of some commissions to continue the two contracts EDF had since 1992 and 1996.
In the Financial Times article published on May 2, journalists quoted several EDF officials who declared they have met members of Nastase's cabinet who asked for money. What's more, they confessed that 95% of the sum was to go to Nastase while 5% was to be spread among others.
EDF sued the Romanian state for 100 million dollars damages at the International Washington Court.