The Climate Change Office manager and three economic agents have been escorted to the National Anticorruption Center (NAC) to be heard in a case of power abuse. They are suspected of having rigged auctions for the purchase and installation of renewable energy systems.
Anticorruption officers and prosecutors made searches at their homes and offices on the morning of Thursday, April 12th.
According to prosecutors, in the period of 2010-2018, the Climate Change Office implemented several investment projects to capitalize on renewable energy sources. Thus, they executed the documents for public tenders of two projects in 2015 on the acquisition of design services, delivery and installation of the power generation systems using solar panels.
Prosecutors have found that several bidders were backed by company beneficiaries and the winner of all the auctions was one and the same company. Moreover, it was established that the proposals for the tenders were submitted after the deadline, which reveals a prior agreement of the execution of work.
The total value of the two projects exceeds 70 thousand US dollars.
In the searches made at the homes and offices of the four suspects, law enforcers found accounting documents, documents confirming expenses, drafts, etc. Additionally, information carriers and telephones were seized.
If found guilty, the suspects risk up to six years of imprisonment and deprivation of the right to hold certain public positions, or to exercise a certain activity for a period of 5 to 10 years.