The former general manager of Romanian energy company Termoelectrica, Ioan Ungureanu, who now heads the commercial department of the company, was retained by anti-graft prosecutors under charges of abuse in office against public interest on Tuesday.

Former Economy minister Varujan Vosganian named Ioan Ungureanu general manager of Termoelectrica in September 2007. He was dismissed by minister Adriean Videanu two years later. Ungureanu served as general manager of Termoelectrica in 2000-2002 as well.

Ungureanu is charged of abuse in office in relation with a case in which Termoelectrica tried to recover a debt from Electrica SA in 2007.

In Ungureanu's case, National Anti-corruption Department (DNA) prosecutors retained three other people, including a lawyer who worked with Ungureanu in the Electrica case in 2007.