Ex-Transports minister Miron Mitrea released on parole

Former Transports minister Miron Mitrea is to be released from prison on Thursday following a final ruling by the Constanta Tribunal. The former Social Democrat minister has been serving a prison sentence at Poarta Alba penitentiary for one year and two months.

Medgidia Court accepted the joint requests for Mitrea’s release on parole on March 28 and ordered his release.

Miron Mitrea asked for the release on parole three times, but the court overruled the requests.

The former minister was sentenced to two years in prison in a final ruling of the High Court of Cassation and Justice in February last year for bribe taking. He was incarcerated at Poarta Alba penitentiary as of February 13, 2015.

The final ruling in his case was given after two years and three months when the former senator’s case was on the judges’ table and after the indictment had to be revised.

The court also seized RON 328,000 from Mitrea in the file regarding some revamping works performed at the house of Mitrea’s mother. The former chief of the State Constructions Inspectorate, Irina Jianu got five months in jail in the same file.

Miron Mitrea, former minister of Transports during 2000-2004, was sentenced to 2 years in jail on October 15 last year, but the former PSD MP kept on appealing the ruling. He is charged of taking RON 520,000 bribe, in the guise of some revamping works carried out at his mother’s place, in exchange of keeping Irina Jianu in the position of chief inspector of the State Constructions Inspectorate.

The Parliament refused to lift Mitrea’s immunity to be prosecuted in this case in 2008 and it was only in February this year when he resigned from Parliament.

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