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Update: Supreme Court issues arrest warrant on former mayor Radu Mazare’s name. International prosecution launched by Police

The High Court of Cassation and Justice (ICCJ – Supreme Court, our note) has upheld on Wednesday the request of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) to issue an arrest warrant in absentia on the name of the former mayor of Constanta, Radu Mazare, after violating the terms of judicial control and leaving for Madagascar.

The Supreme Court’s decision is not final, ziare.com informs.

The arrest warrant on Radu Mazare’s name was issued upon the request of the DNA, which, in the application sent to the court, states: “The findings made by police officers prove both the defendant’s general conduct, governed by bad faith, in relation to the overseeing on him, and the risk of avoiding the criminal liability by leaving the territory of the country (police investigations have shown that he is in the Republic of Madagascar, showing the relevance in this regard of his intention to avoid the criminal liability).”

Prosecutors say there is enough evidence that Radu Mazare “is hiding in order to avoid trial” and there is also a real and serious risk that the former mayor avoids criminal liability.

Also on Wednesday, the former Mayor of Constanţa, Radu Mazăre, has been placed under national and international prosecution, after the mandate issued by ICCJ arrived at the General Police Inspectorate (IGPR), judicial sources say.

On December 30, 2017 the IGPR announced that Radu Mazăre, who was under judicial control, did not come to the Constanţa Police to sign the attendance chart, the former judge informing the case officer that he is on the territory of Madagascar, taking steps to obtain political asylum.

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