Microsoft licensing corruption scandal in Romania has ended on October 3rd


This scandal covers buying Microsoft licensees for Romanian administration from 2004 to 2012 for total 228 millions USD.

During the investigation was found that more than 100 people, former ministers, mayor of Bucuresti and businessman are involved in this corruption scandal and more than 20 millions euro are paid as bribes.
The Romanian court ruled in March 2016 with sentences for 8 years of prison and 9 millions euro of asset forfeiture for the 4 persons on the picture.
These sentences were appealed and October 3rd the High Court of Cassation and Justice (HCCJ) confirmed the guilt and increased the sentences to 14 years in prison and 17 millions of euro of asset forfeiture for these same persons.

I have nothing to add but my admiration for the working Romanian Judiciary.

Bulgaria and Romania joined EU back in 2007 together and while Romanian people has will to change their future, the things in Bulgaria has very little improvements. In Romania there are near hundred of corrupted politics and public administrators in prison, in Bulgaria there are none. Supreme court in Bulgaria is overwhelmed with files, as everyone appeal his case for every small disputes up to the highest level. They have files which they have no capacity to review for next few years. So effectively there is no working Judiciary in Bulgaria. Тo judge someone here is just waste of money and time.

Bulgarian government spent almost 60 million of euro for Microsoft licensees from 2007 to 2011 and the “tender” winner is always one and same company.  I already posted about my wondering why such amount is spent for something with free alternative. Another question is why administration spends money for platform with 99% of all viruses existing and which is tool for US agencies to spy all around the world?

The information about Romanian corruption scandal was taken from here . I used Google translator so some numbers may be inaccurate🙂

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Viorel Bianu
    Oct 11, 2016 @ 13:55:29

    This process is severed from a wider legal action, which involved much more ministers in Romania. We hope that the legal action will continue.


  2. Bib
    Oct 11, 2016 @ 20:38:07

    It seems to me like a B-series movie poster … the name of the film would be “the four Goodfellas” or “M$fia blues” or “In the M$$d of affairs” or something …


  3. koen
    Oct 12, 2016 @ 17:23:34

    So we’ve gotten to the point where Microsoft products need corruption to sell…


  4. zoobab
    Oct 12, 2016 @ 18:04:05

    There should be a Microsoft map of Europe, with how much your tiny little public administration spends on Microsoft licenses.


  5. bex
    Oct 17, 2016 @ 12:01:37

    It seems Bulgarian justice situation is very similar to Italian one. Waste of time and money, infinite bureaucracy, missing staff… We have thousand and thousand of corrupted politicians, but only few of them have gone in jail. Here the PA is going in the direction of non-free os, probably for two reasons: corruption (that in Italy is everywhere) and the average computer skill level of PA personnel, that is able just to push the button to switch on a computer.


  6. clattenzaun
    Oct 17, 2016 @ 13:22:07

    The overloaded justice system is wanted. Strong enough to control usual life, weak enough to let the big fishes escape if wanted. The advantage of an overloaded system is that the bad ones can decide by themself who they prosecute and who not. And if somebody starts asking questions they can play the innocent. Usually others have to pay a share or else there will be suddenly enough time to prosecute.


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